Sunday February 23, 2020

Lack of balance in debate over smear test crisis

Politicians, solicitors and the media are only adding to the CervicalCheck confusion

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
5th August, 2018

The CervicalCheck omni- shambles has many casualties. The failure to detect precancerous changes in 221 smear tests means that some women have died prematurely. Others affected have received debilitating treatment. Each and every one of their stories is an individual tragedy.

But there have been other casualties of the CervicalCheck story. We have witnessed poor political leadership, which resulted in careless promises as well as decisions based on political expediency rather than medical evidence.

There has...

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