A thread to discuss the unfolding smear test scandal and the culture of secrecy in the HSE.
Vicky Phelan took a legal case against the HSE after it emerged that they had misdiagnosed her smear test and then deliberately
acted to hide knowledge of her condition from her, the ensuing several year delay basically turning a treatable condition with over 90% probability of success into a likely death sentence. She won her case and was awarded 2.5 million or so.
We only know about the extent of this problem and the culture of cover up in the HSE
because Vicky Phelan refused to sign the usual confidentiality agreement.
Otherwise none of this would have come to light
It turned out subsequently that at least 17 women have died in complete ignorance
that their smear test was misdiagnosed and was actually positive for cervical cancerous cells.
It turns out now that another 1500 women were not included in the audit which turned up these errors.
So It seems very likely even more deaths will to come to light.
There are many issues here to discuss such as:
- The culture of secrecy and lack of accountability in the HSE
- Culture of using legal threats, costs by the HSE as a means of bullying patients into silence
- The use of private for profit laboratories in the US for testing.
- What is best for the Organisation itself coming before what is best for the patients.
- Incompetence and underfunding leading to medical errors and poor medical outcomes etc
- The fraction of our medical budget going towards legal payouts