Statement from 221+ re: Meeting with An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health

Our patient representatives – Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap – met privately this morning with An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health to discuss all aspects of the role of the State in the CervicalCheck debacle and in particular the basis for a formal apology to the women and families impacted.

A full apology is only possible with a full understanding of what one was and is responsible for. Today’s meeting is the beginning of a new dialogue which is now more properly and fully informed in that regard by the work of people like Dr. Gabriel Scally and, more recently, Prof Brian MacCraith which uncovered the shortcomings that led to this catastrophic systems failure.

Our objective for an apology is that it begins a healing process for all those impacted negatively by CervicalCheck. Today’s discussions embraced that principle and were approached in a positive and constructive manner which we hope will now move to a public conclusion in a timely manner.

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For reference:

Padraig McKeon –communications@221plus.ie / 087 2312632

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