Following concerns from patients regarding the recent controversy surrounding smear testing, Dr Andrew Jordan has welcomed a move from Health Minister Simon Harris TD to provide funding to general practice for cervical smear re-testing for any patient who is worried and wants to have a repeat smear test for reassurance.
Commenting on this, Dr Jordan, Chairman of the National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) highlighted the importance of making re-testing available for concerned patients.
Dr Jordan also reiterated the NAGP’s support for cervical screening and for the administration of HPV vaccines in the fight against cervical cancer and urged women to continue to believe in the cervical check system he said, “more than 250,000 women each year had smear tests and cervical cancer was down 7 per cent as a result”.
According to Dr Jordan, this issue has underscored serious problems with the process of outsourcing testing. He questioned: ‘’We would like to see a review of where smear tests go for testing we have a fully accredited, quality cytology screening system in Ireland, why is testing going to the States?”
Minister Harris also met with the Irish Cancer Society yesterday (1st May) to offer reassurances to the women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal and to those who may be worried about their smear results.