Govt must instruct State agencies to hand over vital documentation to CervicalCheck inquiry – Smyth

Published on: 13 June 2018

Fianna Fáil TD for Cavan-Monaghan Niamh Smyth says women who have been failed by the CervicalCheck system are being further disrespected by the State, which is dragging its heels and delaying the scoping inquiry into the controversy.

Yesterday the man heading up the inquiry Dr. Gabriel Scally revealed that there has been a delay in receiving documents from the Department of Health, the HSE, the State Claims Agency and the National Cancer Registry of Ireland – some of which were only supplied last week.

Deputy Smyth commented, “The update from Dr. Scally yesterday was very worrying and points to a continued reluctance on the part of State agencies and the Department of Health in handing over vital information.  This is simply not good enough.

“This scoping inquiry was promised to deliver a report by the end of June, but as a result of the State’s failure to release essential documentation, this timeline will not be met.

“Matters have further been compounded by the fact that a substantial element of the documentation provided in electronic format comprises scanned documents from hard copy format, rendering them non-searchable and, in some cases, difficult to read.

“The Taoiseach and the Minister for Health made promises to the women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal that this inquiry would be carried out in a timely manner.  That commitment is not being met.  It is time for the Taoiseach and the Minister to direct the relevant State agencies to release this information without delay and to fully comply with this investigation.  They have a responsibility to follow through on their promises and to take charge of the situation”.

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