Dr Tony Holohan
In the Irish Examiner.
The newspaper’s health correspondent Catherine Shanahan reported:
The most senior Government health adviser attempted to block a review of CervicalCheck the day after Vicky Phelan called for an investigation into the screening programme.
Instead, Tony Holohan, Department of Health chief medical officer (CMO), urged the health minister to opt for a report which Dr Holohan himself would prepare.
He advised Simon Harris that the “appropriate way forward” was to “state that you have asked me to provide a report on the matter, including whether further actions or steps are required”.
His warning was issued the day after Ms Phelan stood on the steps of the High Court and said publicly that CervicalCheck had essentially failed her and she now had terminal cancer.
Her solicitor, Cian O’Carroll, also made public the discovery that other women had smears incorrectly read, and, like Ms Phelan, had not been told of an audit that discovered the errors.
…Dr Holohan warned the minister that to announce a review “could unnecessarily undermine public confidence in CervicalCheck” when there was “no evidence at this stage that there are quality or patient safety concerns with the CervicalCheck programme”.
Hear hear @LorcallWalsh I totally agree with your comments. This is the attitude and the ingrained culture that we have been fighting against since last April. There should be no place for this in our health service. @irishexaminer @cathshan @SimonHarrisTD https://t.co/6lEBBGgjvZ
— Vicky Phelan (@PhelanVicky) March 12, 2019
Ah sure, typical @roinnslainte response,sweep under the carpet and distance themselves as much as possible,nothing surprising about this.Still an ongoing problem,where are the Cervical Check Committees new Terms of Reference @SimonHarrisTD ?? #cervicalcheckdebacle @irishexaminer https://t.co/LkKldS0daj
— Stephen Teap (@Stephenteap) March 12, 2019