The HSE has today, Wednesday, September 12th welcomed the publication of the final report of the Scoping Inquiry by Dr Gabriel Scally and his team. We would like to acknowledge the focus and commitment of Dr Scally and his team and the patient-centred approach that they have taken in this regard.
We are re-iterating our deepest apology to all those women and those families affected. At the centre of this issue was our failure to communicate with the women who were the subject of the audit. As Dr Scally noted, and with which we agree, these women should have been informed. The impact of this failure has been profound both for every single woman and all family members affected. We further accept that the manner in which women were told was inconsistent and in many instances ill-judged and poorly handled.
The priority for the HSE over the past number of months has been to support the women and families involved and continue to stabilise the cervical screening programme. Designated liaison officers throughout the country are in ongoing contact with the women and families directly affected.
We welcome confirmation by Dr Scally that the current laboratories have and continue to provide services in a quality assured manner.
We are now moving swiftly to implement all 50 recommendations and are continuing to thoroughly examine the findings.
Last updated on: 12 / 09 / 2018