An investigation into Ireland's cervical cancer screening programme has concluded there was "a whole-system failure", meaning women who had been diagnosed with cancer were not told about subsequent audits which showed their smear test results had been incorrect. Dr Gabriel Scally, who led the investigation, said the disclosure of the findings of the audits to the women concerned was handled badly, and was responsible for much hurt and anger. "Women and women's rights are not taken seriously," was one comment made to Dr Scally during his investigation.
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