Wednesday June 3, 2020

Checks without balances

Public confidence in the national cervical screening programme was shaken to its core during the week – with a palpable sense of outrage in the Dáil

6th May, 2018
Simon Harris, Minister for Health, with Tony O’Brien, the HSE’s beleaguered chief executiveBryan Meade

A pale, sleep-deprived Simon Harris declared himself to be “mad as hell” about the CervicalCheck scandal on the RTÉ Six One News last Wednesday evening. It was an interesting choice of words, most commonly associated with an apoplectic rant by the fictional news anchor Howard Beale in the Oscar-winning classic film Network.

Anger was indeed the dominant emotion in Leinster House last week. Trust in what was considered one of the state’s...

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