Laois TD to lead questioning on use of public money to fight cervical cancer screening scandal victims

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly


Vicky Phelan on Prime Time. She has been invited to have a private meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Vicky Phelan on Prime Time.

Laois TD Sean Fleming will lead questions tomorrow of how public money has been used to fight victims of the cervical cancer screening scandal in the courts.

Representatives from the State Claims Agency (SCA) and the HSE will be before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), May 10, to discuss their financial statements and matters relating to the ongoing Cervical Check controversy. 

Seán Fleming is committee chairman.

“The Public Accounts Committee will question the HSE on the expenditure incurred on the various cancer screening services in operation. The Committee is concerned that the HSE financial statements are not sufficiently clear in terms of how this expenditure is accounted for, i.e. where are the costs of the services captured, including the costs of outsourcing laboratory testing?”

“Ten cases similar to that brought by Ms Vicky Phelan are currently before the State Claims Agency (SCA). The PAC will question the SCA on why the associated legal costs per claim are five times greater than those for general claims, given that 98% of clinical claims are resolved without recourse to the courts.

"The SCA has also been criticised for the time taken to finalise claims and the consequent distress to claimants in respect of catastrophic birth related claims. Committee members are likely to seek details of initiatives the SCA has taken or proposes to take to address its procedures for processing and managing claims,” said the Fianna Fáil TD.

The meeting will start at 9am in Committee Room 3, Leinster House.

Committee proceedings can be viewed live here: oireachtas-tv/cr3-live/