Cervical smears sent to US for testing

The cervical smears of up to 30,000 Irish women are being sent to the United States for testing in a bid to avert a crisis in Irish laboratories.

10th February, 2007

The cervical smears of up to 30,000 Irish women are being sent to the United States for testing in a bid to avert a crisis in Irish laboratories.

In an attempt to clear the current backlog, the National Hospitals Office (NHO) has signed a contract with Quest Diagnostics Laboratory in Dallas, Texas.

Less than a year before the proposed roll-out of a national cervical screening programme, labs here are already battling a growing demand for smears...

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