DOC­TORS DIDN’T WANT TO BE THE ONES TO IN­FORM PA­TIENTS

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

DOC­TORS did not want to be re­spon­si­ble for telling pa­tients their smears had been mis­read, min­utes of a meet­ing be­tween clin­i­cians and Cer­vi­calCheck have shown.

A meet­ing of the Lead Col­po­scopist’s group and the screen­ing ser­vice was held on Septem­ber 1 2017 to dis­cuss the smear test au­dit, and was at­tended by nine doc­tors, in­clud­ing some who were treat­ing women with cer­vi­cal can­cer.

‘A per­cep­tion that putting the onus on the clin­i­cians to ini­ti­ate the con­ver­sa­tion was not cor­rect and caused a deal of con­cern and neg­a­tive feel­ings to­wards the pro­gramme from clin­i­cians’ the min­utes state. The min­utes were re­ceived by the Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee just be­fore their meet­ing yes­ter­day morn­ing. Mem­bers hit out at the HSE over the de­lay in re­ceiv­ing them.

Cer­vi­calCheck and the doc­tors con­cluded that the re­sults should not be di­rectly given to the women. In­stead, women should be given the choice about whether or not they wanted them.

Grilling: Chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer Dr Tony Holo­han

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