Dáil debates

Wednesday, 6 February 2019

National Cervical Screening Programme: Statements


5:00 pm

Photo of Ruth CoppingerRuth Coppinger (Dublin West, Solidarity) | Oireachtas source

We need to know that we have democratic, public control. Why not start anew? Why not scrap the smear tests completely and just start with the HPV test, which is of a much higher standard? This was supposed to start in November but has been put back. We are now retelling women to get smear tests. Why not start with HPV testing and do so under public ownership in control under the Irish health system? Why not have done with the outsourcing of the past and restore the faith of women in the cancer screening service?


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