Government and HSE’s toxic culture of concealment and harassment now in full public view – Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has said the toxic culture of concealment and harassment pursued by the HSE and the Government against women who have had delayed diagnosis of cervical cancer must cease.

Teachta McDonald was speaking today as the full scale of the cervical screening scandal continued to unfold with the HSE conferment that 17 women have died after previously been given clear smear tests.

Teachta McDonald said;

“This scandal continues to get worse as the days go by.

“The full scale of the cervical screening scandal is unfolding before our eyes in a drip feed of information that is causing untold worry for women and families across the state.

“The toxic culture of concealment and harassment pursued by the HSE and Government, against women who have been wronged by this state, is now in full public view.

“Minister Harris must ensure that these women are not forced to fight the state through the courts as Vicky Phelan and others have been made to do.

“He should also come before the Dáil tomorrow to take questions and provide information on this scandal. There are many questions that remain unanswered and that is not good enough.

“We need answers, we need information and we need accountability.

“Sinn Féin has asked for Dáil time to be set aside to allow for Minister Harris to come in tomorrow for questions.

“He should do that and he must be up front, frank and fulsome in his contributions.”