Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 11/05/2018
Brid Smith TD of People Before Profit has called for the immediate resignation of Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris. She said: “Internal memos that were released yesterday show that the HSE put their own publicity strategy ahead of informing women about faults in their cervical cancer screening. “Yet the former Ministers, who were responsible for the health services, are taking no responsibility. This is outrageous. I do not believe for one minute that Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris knew nothing about the HSE strategy. It beggars belief that two ambitious men who, to put it mildly, have a record of heightened concern about PR, were not informed about the publicity strategy of the HSE. Read more ›
CERVICAL CANCER SCANDAL-WHY THE DELAY? Bríd spoke on the radio about this recently. the Sean O’Rourke programme, Friday 11th May. This audio recording has some clips of Brid’s contribution to the debate.
PRIVATISED WELFARE. That’s more or less what the Dept of Social Protection did with dole and ‘job activation schemes’. A bit like the film “I Daniel Blake”. And this heartless and inhumane privatised system was warmly welcomed by our firends – THE TROIKA! No surprises there. I asked at the Dáil committee about sanctions against the unemployed by the private agencies the government now uses instead of State employees – 359 to 16,451 cases in less than 6 years. Not impressed by the answers.
Press Release- Bríd Smith TD, People Before Profit 04/05/2018
TD calls for short focused review of cervical screening service
Danger of an overblown exercise that takes months and yields no new insights, says Brid Smith TD
Bríd Smith TD has called on Minister Simon Harris to focus any inquiry into the actual consequences of the outsourcing of cervical screening in 2008.
The Dublin South Central TD said the core issue remains a simple one, “did the decision to outsource cervical screening result in a deterioration of the quality of the screening and did this put women’s lives at risk?” Read more ›
The government wants an enquiry about the cervical screening debacle, but meantime – no suspensions, no sackings, no accountability. Brid debates this with Simon Coveneny on the floor of the Dáil today
HSE and Dept of Health officials were questioned regarding the policy of outsourcing smear testing. Outsourcing was predicted to cause problems, yet that was the choice made, and followed, by successive governments, with disasterous results.