Cork Cervical smear test campaigner Stephen Teap says he’s sceptical of the mechanism the Government will employ around a compensation plan for those affected by the failings of CAMHS

His comments come after the Taoiseach pledged the Government will take a non-adversarial approach in dealing with patients and families impacted by their treatment at South Kerry CAMHS.

The report into the service which was published last week found that significant harm was caused to 46 children, with hundreds more receiving treatment that was described as “risky.”

Stephen Teap’s wife Irene died after being diagnosed with cervical cancer and was one of the 221 women affected by the misreading of their smear test results.

He says the Government has a poor track record in offering an alternatives to the courts and pointed to the fact that as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar promised that none of the women impacted in the Cervical Check scandal would have to go to court – to date 336 people are pursuing the State through the High Court as they feel the Cervical Check tribunal is not fit for purpose.

Speaking to RedFM News Stephen Teap says questions need to be raised around how the proposed scheme will work:

“When I suppose the sitting Taoiseach uses the word non-adversarial, we have to indeed question to ask but I think most importantly is we have to question the ease of access to enter such a schemes, do does everybody needs to know, get their own solicitors or is there going to be an easier way to actually get access to such a scheme? And if the case they have to prove their case or not, we’ve heard the words not adversarial before, but in the case of the services check the battle that was never the case.”


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