Wednesday 14 November 2018

Vicky Phelan case a damning failure

Vicky Phelan. Photo: Collins Courts
Vicky Phelan. Photo: Collins Courts
Editorial

Editorial

The shocking and tragic case of Vicky Phelan, the 43-year-old mother from Limerick who is bravely facing the most profound cervical cancer diagnosis following what has been correctly described as a "shameful series of events", raises the most serious questions firstly in relation to the CervicalCheck service itself and more broadly in relation to the health service in general.

At what point, it must be asked, did we come to accept such appalling failures within the health service and to what extent must we cry 'enough is enough' before policy makers and stakeholders finally contend with the most basic and evident shortcomings in the health service?

The terrible circumstances in which Ms Phelan and her family now find themselves is but one example in a litany of events which emerged last week to cast the most harsh light across not just the health service but indeed social services in this country.

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