Woman who Alleged Misreading of Cervical Check Slides Dies. HSE and Labs behaviour branded 'appalling'
The Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín TD has hit out at the government and HSE over their handling of the Cervical Check scandal, after the High Court was today told that a woman whose lawyers last week asked the HSE to have her case settled before she died, has died.
Speaking today, Deputy Tóibín said: "This is heart-breaking news today, and it leaves me feeling very angry. Back in 2018 Leo Varadkar promised that no other woman would have to go to court to seek justice over their Cervical Check slides. Since then not only have countless women gone to court, but a trend has emerged which sees the State battling them right up until their last days. It is utterly cruel. To think that a terminally-ill woman must spend her final days on this earth in a legal dispute is very disappointing".
Deputy Tóibín continued: "State apologies are worthless unless the government changes the system. When I met with Cervical Check in recent years they still maintained that they had done nothing wrong in terms of misread slides. The Taoiseach and government disagreed with Cervical Check on the matter, as did the courts, and yet they persist".
"The behaviour of the State in this most recent case is absolutely appalling. That someone should be left begging for mediation a week before their death is a shocking indictment on the system. On behalf of Aontú I would like to extend my sympathies and prayers to the family and friends of the lady who has died, may she rest in peace", concluded Tóibín.