Phelan criticises Taoiseach over cervical smear issue
Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan (above) has strongly criticised the Taoiseach over the Government’s response to the needs of cervical cancer patients since she exposed the CervicalCheck controversy last year.
Ms Phelan was speaking on Saturday night before she was awarded the Fitzgerald Bible Bruff Award for 2018.
She praised Minister for Health Simon Harris for his efforts to improve screening standards for cervical cancer patients.
“At least you know that there is a willingness there, where there isn’t in other [Government] parts,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have that same confidence in the Taoiseach, put it that way. He doesn’t inspire me with confidence. I think he is very much ‘all talk and no action’, and I just don’t get [the] sense that he thinks this is as important as what it is really”.
In response, a spokesman for Mr Varadkar said: “The Taoiseach has the highest regard for Vicky Phelan. When they met last year he was impressed by her courage, and by her commitment to the CervicalCheck programme. Her input and advice continues to guide the Government’s response.”