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