Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Health Stephen Donnelly TD has said today’s progress report from the Cervical Check scoping inquiry reveals that the State is continuing to fail women.
Deputy Donnelly said, “Dr Scally has sent requests for documentation to the Department of Health, the HSE, the State Claims Agency and the National Cancer Registry of Ireland yet much of it has only has been provided late last week between the 6th and 8th of June.
“Furthermore the inquiry cannot assess at this stage to what extent the material provided meets the requirements of the Inquiry in respect of addressing the terms of reference.
“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.
“Dr Scally says that it is ‘disappointing and unclear why documents that would originally have been prepared in electronic format (including some very recent documents) are not available to the Inquiry in that format.’ Frankly I think that it is outrageous and inexcusable. The Minister for Health should direct that the information be provided in accessible format.
“It is disappointing that the scoping inquiry will not meet its end of June deadline. It is clear from the progress report that the tardiness of the State is a key factor in this.”