MacSharry calls for clar­ity on UK lab use by Cer­vi­cal Check

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Fresh ques­tions about the sub­con­tract­ing of UK lab­o­ra­to­ries by the HSE’s Cer­vi­cal Check pro­gramme must be an­swered.

That’s ac­cord­ing to Sligo Leitrim Deputy Marc MacSharry who said it had emerged that when a lab­o­ra­tory is un­der pres­sure with smear test­ing it avails of third party test­ing fa­cil­i­ties to pre­vent a back­log with a sis­ter com­pany in the UK.

This was con­firmed by Med­lab, Sandy­ford, Dublin yes­ter­day.

“The Min­is­ter needs to clar­ify how ex­actly this works and whether there is a dif­fer­ent cri­te­ria ap­plied to tests car­ried out in the UK or whether they are all treated the same and signed off by Ir­ish pathol­o­gists here,” said Deputy MacSharry.

“In ad­di­tion, the Min­is­ter must ex­plain wheth- er he knew about this prac­tice and whether he is sat­is­fied that this hap­pens on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and whether GPs are in­formed whether the tests have taken place.

“Are we out­sourc­ing the test­ing of smears, tran­scrib­ing the re­sults and then look­ing to an Ir­ish pathol­o­gist to sign off on the test re­sults or are they be­ing signed off by UK pathol­o­gists?

“It is im­por­tant that all of the back­ground re­gard­ing how and when tests are sent over­seas to the UK is made known so that women can have full con­fi­dence in the Cer­vi­cal Check pro­gramme,” he said.

“It’s cru­cial from here on out that women con­tinue to seek the test­ing ser­vices of Cer­vi­cal Check and HPV Vac­ci­na­tion,” he added.

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