John Connaghan

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Stephanie O’Keeffe, the HSE’s national director of health and wellbeing, said she did not know most patients were not being told about issues with smear tests until Vicky  Phelan’s case emerged. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

CervicalCheck committed an “error in not closing out the loop” when it failed to inform women about a clinical audit showing incorrect false negative (...)

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap arriving at  Leinster House on Wednesday afertnoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The acting head of the health service has told terminally-ill Limerick woman Vicky Phelan who brought the CervicalCheck controversy to light that he i(...)

John Connaghan apologised on behalf of the HSE and the CervicalCheck programme. Photograph:

If there is a requirement to hold individuals to account personally arising from the cervical screening controversy, it will happen, the new interim h(...)

Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer at the Department of Health.  Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

No Ministers were informed about delays in telling women the results of cervical cancer screening audits, the Department of Health chief medical offic(...)

One of the memos given to PAC members said there was a risk that releasing audit findings to doctors could result in a patient contacting the media if they believed that “screening did not diagnose my cancer”.  File photograph: Getty Images

Senior health service personnel who received briefings from the CervicalCheck screening programme were told women would receive information from their(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and Minister for Health Simon Harris during a press conference on the cervical cancer scandal in Government Buildings, Dublin. Photograph:  Gareth Chaney Collins

The Government believes that further “accountability” will be needed in response to the current cervical cancer screening crisis despite the departure(...)

Speaking after a Cabinet meeting on Friday afternoon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar insisted he first became aware of three memos circulated to HSE management in 2016 on the background to cervical screening audit findings. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has apologised to the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy but admitted words cannot ease the anguish these women ar(...)

Tony O’Brien, director general of the Health Service Executive: role has salary of €192,000 a year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

An interim director general of the Health Service Executive will be appointed by the beginning of July although recruitment to find a full-time succes(...)

Children who have flu-like symptoms should remain at home from school when schools reopen next week, the HSE and the country’s three paediatric hospit(...)

 Key challenge for chief operations officer will be to ensure the delivery of the maximum amount of safe services for patients and other service users. Photograph: Frank Miller

The newly created post of chief operations officer in the Health Service Executive (HSE) will help make front-line services more accountable, the org(...)

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