The ICA is calling on the Government to Introduce Patient Safety Legislation immediately


The Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) applauds Ms Vicky Phelan for her strength, courage and bravery in pursuing the matter of her cervical cancer case.  Had Ms Phelan had the earlier intervention that she was entitled to, her prognosis would likely be a lot less guarded.  It is in large part thanks to Ms Phelan that the public are now aware of this debacle which affects scores of other women.  

It seems rather incredulous that the Clinicial Director of Cervical Check said this morning that “she cannot say for sure that all 206 patients have been contacted”.  This is wholly unacceptable.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris stated today that he does not now have confidence in the management of Cervical Check due to its multiple failures.  

The ICA is calling on the Government to:

  1. Immediately ensure that the 206 women are contacted, with the offer of the best possible quality of care; 
  2. Immediately establish a helpline for women who have been affected;
  3. Fast track the proposal for Patient Safety Legislation to Cabinet.





Marie O’Toole,

National President


Tel: 087-6307274

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