Leo Varadkar says he is 'disgusted' by CervicalCheck review leak

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 14, 2018

Included in this leak is a finding by Scally which says he believes there is no need to hold a Commission of Investigation to find out the truth of what happened.

Leo Varadkar said he was "disgusted" that a part of a report on the cervical cancer screening programme was leaked before family members were informed of its contents.

Also speaking on Morning Ireland, one of those affected, Lorraine Walsh, said that to see details all over the papers this morning was "heartbreaking".

Nineteen of the women have died and several others are terminally ill.

Stephen Teap, a man whose wife Irene died of cervical cancer after getting wrong test results, said victims who were due to receive a briefing on the Scally report tomorrow feel betrayed as a result of the leak.

The Irish government has accepted all 50 recommendations in the review into the CervicalCheck cancer test crisis.

Speaking to Irish broadcaster RTÉ, Ms Walsh told of her upset at the leaks. She also described it as "disappointing" that the media has been the "main information source" for the affected women throughout this whole experience.

Phelan took to Twitter upon hearing the news, stating that the feelings she experienced when finding out about the Scally report are akin to those she felt upon hearing her terminal cancer diagnosis.

She said: "I know Vicky was due to have treatment, her life-saving treatment in Dublin, and she was trying to change that so she could be briefed by Dr Gabriel Scally".

The 43-year-old patient had a test seven years ago - which showed no abnormalities - but those results were later found to be incorrect.

The false negative test result was uncovered during CervicalCheck's retrospective internal audit and was relayed to her doctor in 2016.

However, Mrs Phelan was not told for another 15 months.

According to the Irish Times, it's expected to highlight "serious system flaws" in the screening programme.

Ms Phelan is visiting Nenagh at the invitation of local TD Alan Kelly.

The 37-year-old mother of five was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016 - three years after she had received the all-clear from a smear test.

Errors in her 2013 test were discovered during CervicalCheck's retrospective audit.

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