This afternoon.

Smock Alley Theatrte, Dublin

Professor Brian MacCraith talks to the media about the series of events within the HSE CervicalCheck Programme that occurred following IT issues in Quest Diagnostics relating to the HPV test results for a number of women.

Prof. MacCraith found the provision of Quest Diagnostics Chantilly Laboratory as a CervicalCheck test facility took place without proper operational due diligence and risk assessment,

The report also found there was a gross underestimation of the scale and implications of the problem.

The primary casualty was communications with the women and GPs, with the breakdown in automated results generation, it concluded.

The report said there was a decision not to communicate with women, about the IT problems and its implications for a full six months in 2019.

Professor Brian MacCraith has said that between February and last week, there was no communication with the majority of women involved.

“Throughout this review there was a constant theme of women frustrated by poor service and lack of information, their information,” Prof MacCraith said.

Lab was added to CervicalCheck programme without checks (RTÉ)

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8 thoughts on “No Checks

  1. eoin

    Fair play. For the first time ever in a review of a state cock-up in Ireland, the names of the culprits are clearly spelled out in this report. The name of the person responsible for engaging a lab (in Chantilly, France) which wasn’t up to the job is X. The name of the person responsible for not sending out 870 test results to either GPs or patients is Y. The name of the person responsible for not sending out 3,200 test results to patients is Z. The name of the person who made the decision not to communicate with women, about the IT problems and its implications for a full six months in 2019, is A.

    Of course, I’m being sarcastic. It’s another government post-facto, “it’s shocking so it is” report which holds no-one to account.

    Ah well, at least it’s not a matter of life and death.

    1. Cian

      Yeah. But no. That’s not how organisations (of more that, say 5 people work).

      The name of the person responsible for engaging a lab (in Chantilly, France) which wasn’t up to the job is X. One person doesn’t do this. A Request for Tender is created (usually a team effort unless it is a very simple tender). This RFT is responded to by multiple labs. The various tenders are assessed individually and scored (by multiple people) based on an agreed scale in the original RFT. The various scores are compared and the ‘winner’ is selected.

      The name of the person responsible for not sending out 870 test results to either GPs or patients is Y.
      Again, most likely not *a* person. A process failed. A multiple people messed up. Granted this process should have been overseen by one individual who was 100% responsible (see my final comment)

      The name of the person responsible for not sending out 3,200 test results to patients is Z.
      I don’t understand this. Cervical Check doesn’t send any results to patients, they send them to the GP. This is (as far as I’m aware) the standard protocol for *all* medical tests. It always goes through the GP. I don’t know if CC would have up-to-date addresses for the women.

      The name of the person who made the decision not to communicate with women, about the IT problems and its implications for a full six months in 2019, is A.
      I totally agree that this should be front and centre. An individual should be responsible for overseeing this process, and if since it didn’t work they should be named and shamed (and fired).

  2. gringo

    Tis ok so. We all agree its a systems failure, which means there is no need to sack any of these idiots, so they can carry on doing the stupid stuff.

  3. Ron

    And watch the impotent Irish electorate do nothing as usual. what an embarrassment this country has become.

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