Gross Negligence

A “whole-system failure” and “paternalism” in Irish health care resulted in some 208 women receiving false negative pap smear results. An agency outsourced screenings to unapproved labs, and authorities failed to notify patients when errors were found.

Researcher Vicky Phelan blew the whistle on the smear test scandal in 2017 after receiving a terminal cervical cancer diagnosis following a false negative result. Since then, Ireland’s health system has offered out-of-cycle tests that boosted first-time screenings. Publicity also led to a surge in teen HPV vaccination.

But many affected women are dealing with cancer diagnoses and demand an independent review. “We’re still second-class citizens,” Phelan says.

The Guardian

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