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

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

The company added that these screens have been performed through manual examinations of individual slides, without the benefit of computer-based imaging and a separate HPV test, which together comprise the clinical standard in the U.S. and many other countries for cervical cancer screening.

In a statement released by the HSE on Thursday evening, it has been announced that the Director General Tony O'Brien would be stepping down from his position with nearly immediate effect, with his last day being Friday 11 May.

The memos, dating back to 2016, were released yesterday to the Public Accounts Committee and discussed issues with cervical screening tests.

Detailed tests for CervicalCheck, which has operated for the past 10 years, usually take place every three years.

The Cork South-Central TD has called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris to answer further questions on the matter.

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Tony O'Brien is appearing before an Oireachtas committee where he's been accused of dancing on the head of a pin to avoid resigning.

It comes as John Connaghan has been appointed as interim director-general of the HSE following Tony O'Brien's decision to step down.

It emerged this month that an internal audit had found potential errors in the smear tests of 209 women but those findings weren't shared with the patients, prompting a wave of public anger.

He added that there were clear communication failures surrounding the CervicalCheck audits, but that he is confident a review announced by the government last week "will demonstrate the quality and value of the CervicalCheck programme once it is complete".

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