Thursday 18 October 2018

VIDEO: 'I want to say how disgusted I am' - Varadkar on leaked Scally report surrounding CervicalCheck scandal

Parts of the 200-page scoping report by Dr Gabriel Scally have been leaked ahead of the publication of the report tomorrow - including a finding that he does not believe there is a need to hold a Commission of Investigation to find out truth of what happened.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has expressed confidence in Health Minister Simon Harris and said an inquiry will be held to determine the source of the leaked information about the Scally report into the CervicalCheck scandal but warned such investigations rarely find the source of the leak.

The Taoiseach described the leak as "disgusting" and said this is not a normal story or some scoop.

"This is a very sensitive issue of one which affects women who are very ill and families who are grieving," he said.

He rejected allegations levelled by the opposition that the Government had orchestrated the "callous" leak.

Plans to brief those affected have been moved up a day ahead of the report going to Cabinet tomorrow.

Read more: 'A whitewash' - Women and families 'heartbroken' by latest CervicalCheck 'betrayal' by Government

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