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Cervical cancer scandal: HSE boss Tony O'Brien is stepping down

Cervical cancer scandal: HSE boss Tony O'Brien is stepping down

In a statement this evening, the HSE said Mr O'Brien meant to step down from his position with effect from close of business on Friday.

Then, two days later, the Taoiseach has once again backed HSE boss Tony O'Brien to see out his last eight weeks in the job, following calls by the Cabinet for O'Brien to resign.

He said, notwithstanding the clear communication failures surrounding the CervicalCheck Audits, he is confident that the Scally Review will demonstrate the quality and value of the CervicalCheck Programme once it is complete.

CPL said it is one of two USA, and two Irish laboratories, that have provided Pap smear testing for the Irish cervical screening program since 2008.

Varadkar, a doctor and former health minister, said the government shared the anguish of women who were given inaccurate results and announced a support plan for women caught up in the scandal.

"I would like to express my thanks to Tony O'Brien for his many years of dedicated public service".

"It is regrettable that it ultimately took terminally ill women taking to the national airwaves to demand that Mr O'Brien be held to account in order to secure his resignation", she said in a statement.

After Mrs Phelan's settlement it would emerge that a total of 209 women with cervical cancer had smear tests in which abnormalities were missed. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer three years later.

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