Stop Outsourcing Our Smear Tests!
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A greedy, ideological decision 10 years ago by Mary Harney - Health Minister of a Fine Fáil / Green Party coalition has now killed 18 women in Ireland. Over 200 women's lives are in serious jeopardy, due to misdiagnosis, and this number is set to increase.
This fatal decision, was the outsourcing of women's smear tests to US laboratories, which have lower detection rates than Irish laboratories. The US lab, Quest, for example records up to a third lower detection rates! Medical experts warned that this practise would have catastrophic results, but were ignored. The private US labs test the smears cheaply, and thus this was deemed more important that accurate results.
Subsequent Governments, including the current Fine Gael led Government continue to sell women's smear tests to the highest bidder. Private companies whose priorities are to make profit. They have NO interest in women's health, and naturally cut corners as a result. Privatisation is creating dangerous conditions for women's health in Ireland and is bad medical practise. Health Minister, Simon Harris TD, the HSE and CervicalCheck continue to sell our smear tests to private laboratories abroad. This shows an utter disregard for women's health.
Please sign this petition to demand smear tests be tested by publicly funded Irish laboratories attached to Irish hospitals immediately. Stop selling our smears!
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