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Irish Cancer Society welcomes Scally report

By Mindo - 12th Sep 2018 | 19 views

“Dr [Gabriel] Scally puts the women affected and their families, at the heart of his report, and this compassion and understanding was crucially missing during the screening services audit process,” according to Mr Buggy.

“We are very disappointed to see the full scale of serious communication errors that took place in the non-disclosure of the audit results, but more shocking is the nature and tone of the language outlined in the report during the follow up disclosure meetings.”

<br />“This report highlights the need for a radical cultural change in the health service to mandatory open disclosure, and raises important questions about the lack of compassion shown to these women.”<br />The Society is urging all eligible women to continue to attend for their cervical smears, and emphasises that Dr Scally has not found any quality issues with the current laboratories.

<br />Mr Buggy said: “CervicalCheck is 10 years old this month, and in its first 8 years has detected more than 50,000 high grade pre-cancerous changes in women. While understandably people’s confidence in screening has been shaken, we want to provide reassurance today, for the women attending screening next week or next month, that cervical screening is safe and does save lives.”

<br />“Ultimately, with the combination of HPV testing, which will be introduced in the near future, and the HPV vaccination, Ireland has the opportunity to almost eradicate cervical cancer in a generation.”

<br />The Society will work with patients and families affected, to ensure that the recommendations of the report are fully implemented and that within three months an independent review of implementation plans is produced. 

Meanwhile, the Medical Council has also welcomed the publication of the Scally Report.

Representatives of the Medical Council had the opportunity to meet with Dr Scally for a briefing in advance of the publication of his report.

<br />The report will be carefully considered and reviewed by the Medical Council. The Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners is reviewed periodically and the recommendation from Dr Scally will be actively considered by the Council.

“We would like to acknowledge the work and dedication shown by Dr Scally and his team and also that of the women and families involved,” according to the spokesperson for the Council.

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