PEO­PLE WHO WERE AWARE OF EMERG­ING HEALTH SCAN­DAL

The Irish Mail on Sunday - - NEWS - By Craig Hughes

This is a list of HSE ex­ec­u­tives who were aware of the con­tro­ver­sial Cer­vi­cal Check au­dit from as far back as 2016. This week, the scally Re­port con­firmed that no­body in the Depart­ment of health knew any­thing about the sys­tem­atic nondis­clo­sure of missed smear tests be­fore April 2018. how­ever, as the Mos has pre­vi­ously re­ported, a num­ber of se­nior Hse ex­ec­u­tives were aware of is­sues through­out 2016 and 2017. Time and again the is­sue was not es­ca­lated, or prop­erly in­ves­ti­gated, and the scan­dal was al­lowed to fes­ter.

Dr Gráinne Flan­nelly

Clin­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Cer­vi­calCheck

What she knew: In July 2016, Dr Flan­nelly re­ceives cor­re­spon­dence from Dr Kevin Hickey say­ing he be­lieves Cer­vi­calCheck should con­tact the women iden­ti­fied in the au­dit as hav­ing false pos­i­tive tests. Cor­re­spon­dence be­tween the two goes back and forth for 14 months, dis­put­ing who should no­tify the women, and how many women should be no­ti­fied. Where is she now?: Re­signed from her post when the con­tro­versy broke in April of this year.

Tony O’Brien

Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of the HSE [for­mer]

What he knew: The HSE, of which he was the head, wrote six memos re­gard­ing the con­tro­ver­sial au­dit, none of which raised the is­sue of ‘open dis­clo­sure’ to the women af­fected, mean­ing the Depart­ment of Health could not be prop­erly ap­prised.

Where is he now?: Stepped down early in May fol­low­ing the emer­gence of three of the 2016 memos. How­ever, he con­tin­ued to be paid by the HSE un­til his con­tract ended at the end of July.

Dr Stephanie O’Ke­effe

HSE’s National Di­rec­tor, Health and Well­be­ing

What she knew: The March 2016 memo, con­tain­ing the need to pre­pare a re­ac­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion re­sponse for a me­dia head­line say­ing ‘screen­ing did not di­ag­nose my can­cer’ was pre­pared on her be­half. The two July memos re­lat­ing ex­plic­itly to the au­dit re­sults and the process of con­tact­ing the clin­i­cians of the women af­fected by a mis­di­ag­no­sis.

Where is she now?: No change.

John Gleeson

Pro­gramme Man­ager at Cer­vi­calCheck What he knew: Wrote one of the July 2016 memos on be­half of Dr Stephanie O’Ke­effe which de­tailed the au­dit re­sults and that the process of con­tact­ing the af­fected women’s clin­i­cians had be­gun. John Gleeson is copied on a let­ter in mid-2016 which says that women who have died, need not be no­ti­fied. He is also aware of most cor­re­spon­dence be­tween Flan­nelly and Dr Hickey, over who should in­form the women. Where is he now?: No change.

Dr Colm Henry

National Clin­i­cal Ad­vi­sor and Pro­gramme Lead for Acute Hos­pi­tals in the HSE at the time of con­tro­versy

What he knew: Learned about the au­dit and its find­ings in July 2017, and is­sues with Open Dis­clo­sure for women af­fected. Where is he now?: Chief Clin­i­cal Of­fi­cer of the HSE.

Pa­trick Lynch

HSE National Di­rec­tor of Qual­ity As­sur­ance and Ver­i­fi­ca­tion

What he knew: Be­came aware of the con­tro­ver­sial au­dit in Fe­bru­ary 2016. When the scan­dal broke this year, he ini­tially headed up Min­is­ter Si­mon Har­ris’s Cer­vi­calCheck cri­sis man­age­ment team. In May this year, he elected to go on hol­i­day rather than ap­pear be­fore the Dáil’s Pub­lic Ac­counts Com­mit­tee to an­swer ques­tions about the con­tro­versy. Where is he now?: No change.

Si­mon Murtagh

Head of Op­er­a­tions, HSE’s National Screen­ing Ser­vice

What he knew: Was aware of the au­dit in March 2016 hav­ing at­tended the meet­ing be­tween the Depart­ment of Health, National Can­cer Con­trol Pro­gramme and the National Screen­ing Ser­vice where the au­dit was dis­cussed. He also pre­pared the April memo on be­half of Dr Stephanie O’Ke­effe. Where is he now?: No change.

Ma­jella Byrne

Head of National Screen­ing Ser­vice Health and Well­be­ing Divi­sion

What she knew: Wrote the March brief­ing note on be­half of Dr Stephanie O’Ke­effe.

Where is she now?: Left the HSE in March 2016, the same month that she wrote the memo.

GRÁinne flan­nelly: Re­signed from her post when scan­dal broke in April

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