Clar­ity has to be pro­vided on test­ing

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

FIANNA Fail TD, Marc MacSharry has said that ques­tions which have arisen re­gard­ing the sub­con­tracted use of lab­o­ra­to­ries in test­ing smears taken as part of the HSE Cer­vi­cal Check pro­gramme must now be an­swered.

He said, ”It has now emerged that in the cir­cum­stances that 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 ear­lier to­day. 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.

“In ad­di­tion, the Min­is­ter must ex­plain whether he knew about this prac­tice and whether he is sat­is­fied that this hap­pens on a reg­u­lar ba­sis and whether GPS are in­formed whether the teats 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 pro­gramme.”

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