Sign up now for ease of access to The Medical Independent, Ireland’s most frequently published medical newspaper, delivering award-winning news and investigative reporting.

  • receive the eCopy two days prior to the printed edition.
  • can partake in our online MCQs.
  • can enter our online sports quiz. is Ireland's only investigative medical news website for doctors, healthcare professionals and anyone with an interest in health issues.

Established in 2010, along with its sister publication The Medical Independent, our stated aim is to investigate and analyse the major issues affecting healthcare and the medical profession in Ireland. The Medical Independent has won a number of awards for its investigative journalism, and its stories are frequently picked up by national digital, broadcast and print media. The Medical Independent is published by GreenCross Publishing.

Address: Top Floor, 111 Rathmines Road Lr, Dublin 6

Tel: 353 (01) 441 0024

GreenCross Publishing is owned by Graham Cooke.

‘Confusion’ expected with introduction of HPV screening — practice nurses

By Mindo - 26th Feb 2020 | 17 views

Nurses working in general practice have warned of “much confusion” ahead of the national transition to human papillomavirus (HPV) cervical screening at the end of March.  Practice nurses have criticised CervicalCheck for not fulfilling commitments to provide information sessions to them directly. Healthcare workers are also concerned that CervicalCheck is proceeding with HPV screening timelines without any increase in staffing and facilities.

Ms Orla Loftus Moran, Advanced Nurse Practitioner in General Practice and Public Relations Officer with the Irish Practice Nurses Association (IPNA), told the Medical Independent nurses were concerned that information packs on the introduction of HPV screening would arrive at practices before clinicians had an opportunity to attend any information sessions.

In 2018, during the height of the CervicalCheck controversy, practice nurses took 56.8 per cent (207,000) of screening samples nationally.

Ms Loftus Moran said practice nurses performed much unacknowledged work to try to retain confidence in the programme during this time.

She said practice nurses felt they had been ignored by CervicalCheck and that the attitude towards them had been “disparaging”.

“We are very disappointed at the level of engagement and awareness among CervicalCheck staff,” said Ms Loftus Moran. “On the ground, nurses were very annoyed and hurt that CervicalCheck does not appear to value their contribution.”

Eight regional HPV screening information meetings have been held to date, but many nurses were unable to attend due to limited places and long travel distances.

A HSE spokesperson said a further 13 information events would take place before the changes are introduced. Six more information events for colposcopists and an e-learning module are planned.

Nurses can contact the CervicalCheck Training Unit in Limerick (061 406 565) if they have concerns or information gaps, added the spokesperson.

Leave a Reply

Latest Issue
medical news
The Medical Independent 19th May 2022

You need to be logged in to access this content. Please login or sign up using the links below.

Most Read