From top: Former clinical director of CervicalCheck Gráinne Flannelly; CervicalCheck logo and Minister for Health Simon Harris
Representatives from CervicalCheck and the HSE are scheduled to appear before the Oireachtas health committee.
It’s being reported that former clinical director of CervicalCheck Gráinne Flannelly will not appear but she has written to the committee ahead of today’s meeting – saying she advised against the State offering free repeat smear tests following the Vicky Phelan case as she believed there were insufficient laboratory resources.
Ms Flannelly stepped down after the CervicalCheck scandal broke.
Today’s meeting follows reports yesterday that, since the start of the year, some women are waiting 33 weeks for CervicalCheck smear test results.
The normal waiting time was four to six weeks.
The Irish Times reported yesterday:
“The backlog currently stands at just under 79,500, and average processing times are also at their longest since the problem began. Under normal conditions, about 23,000 slides would be in processing at any one time.”
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The health committee proceedings can be watched live here