March set to be held in Grey­stones over cer­vi­cal test scan­dal

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOG­A­RTY

A MARCH over the cer­vi­cal smear test scan­dal will take place in Grey­stones this Sun­day, May 20.

Fol­low­ing a meet­ing con­vened by lo­cal women, a protest march will take place on Sun­day at 2 p.m.

The group will meet at the south beach car park and walk to the har­bour.

Orla Leonard, a mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing group, said peo­ple are very an­gry about the scan­dal and the march is an op­por­tu­nity for them to come to­gether in protest.

‘I found I was get­ting more and more an­gry about the cer­vi­cal can­cer cover-up after lis­ten­ing to the women af­fected; in fact, fu­ri­ous would be more ap­pro­pri­ate,’ she said.

‘We are call­ing on ev­ery­one in the area who feels sim­i­lar out­rage to join us on Sun­day in protest.’

The can­cer scan­dal broke when it emerged that re­sults of cer­vi­cal smear test­ing out­sourced to pri­vate lab­o­ra­to­ries out­side had been mis­in­ter­preted. A sub­se­quent au­dit by Cer­vi­cal- Check Ire­land showed that of 1,482 women di­ag­nosed with can­cer since 2008, ear­lier test re­sults in 209 of the cases had recorded no ab­nor­mal­i­ties when they should have recorded a can­cer warn­ing. The ma­jor­ity of the women were never in­formed of the out­come of the au­dit, and of the 209 women af­fected, 18 have since died.

Peo­ple Be­fore Profit lo­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Pyper Lud­low, said, ‘We need to show our sol­i­dar­ity, our sad­ness and our anger and we need to send a very clear mes­sage to the state that we, the peo­ple, have reached the ab­so­lute lim­its of our tol­er­ance. This af­fects ev­ery­one, not just women, but their chil­dren, their hus­bands and part­ners, their wider fam­i­lies and all of our com­mu­ni­ties.’

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