Posted: June 14th, 2018
The State of to make a one-off payment of €2,000 to the 209 women who experienced a delayed cancer diagnosis in the recent CervicalCheck scandal.
An interim report into the scandal released a statement saying that “an immediate ex gratia” payment will be made to every woman affected, including Vicky Phelan, or to the next of kin of those who have already died.
The Government approved this payment after Health Minister Simon Harris briefed colleagues in a meeting earlier today. Theym the cabinet, were meeting to discuss the initial interim report made by Dr Gabriel Scally who is heading up the investigation into the scandal.
Minister Harris released a statement saying: “This payment relates to addressing any financial obstacles women might encounter in having their voices heard as part of his work. It would not be a bar to further payment in due course.”
Dr Scally’s interim report also recommends:
- The Provision of a more detailed guide to the CervicalCheck screening programme be made accessible online.
- That the information statements sent to women about the restrictions of the tests should be less complicated about the potential reasons why screening might not identify abnormalities that are visible as these can lead to the development of cervical cancer.
- That the details for women the come with the consent form should guarantee that they will have total access to their cervical screening record when they need it.
- That the information for women that is sent with the consent form should guarantee that if there be an issue or error of any significance with the screening or reporting process, open disclosure of all the details will take place in a swift, considerate and transparent.
Mr Harris said it is believed, by Dr Scally, that the provision of information to women in Ireland who take part in screening tests “is comparable with that available elsewhere and in some respects is better. He also found that the process of completing a consent form at the time of screening is a major strength of the Irish programme. However, he does make a number of important recommendations to improve the information provided to women, including strengthening the statements on the limitations of screening. I will immediately ask the HSE to implement the four recommendations related to this.”
Although Dr Scally has submitted an initial report as per the stated schedule it is felt that he will be unable to meet the end of June deadline for a final submission of his report.