New legislation is needed to ensure that patients are informed if their test results are not accurate – that’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers.

The Cervical Check scandal is dominating proceedings in the Dáil this afternoon, where the Health Minister Simon Harris is under pressure to release a memo he was given about the issue before Vicky Phelan took her case.

The memo reportedly indicated women were not automatically being given the results of their smear audits.

It has emerged that Mayo, Galway and Sligo University Hospitals are among the 13 hospitals given information relating to 208 women who should have received earlier intervention following cervical cancer tests.

The HSE confirmed yesterday that 162 women – including 17 who have died – were not informed of a delay in their cervical cancer diagnosis.

Deputy Lisa Chambers says public confidence needs to be restored in the cancer-screening programme, and if there is a misdiagnosis, patients need to be told as early as possible….


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