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Wider CervicalCheck inquiry may be agreed by Government

Revelations in the Dáil last night that a potentially considerable number of cervical cancer cases have not been clinically audited were described by opposition TD's as "a bombshell".

RTÉ reports that Health Minister Simon Harris said this involves women who have already been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

There are strong indications now that Government may agree to a wider inquiry beyond the clinical one set to be carried out by HIQA.

On this front, the Health Minister is expected to hold discussions with the opposition parties sometime later today.

But already he has given a strong hint that he is open to the idea of an inquiry above the statutory one agreed by Cabinet yesterday.

However, this decision must be taken by the Government but as this controversy shows no signs of abating, it may have little option but to quickly initiate a commission of investigation.

It is a week today since Vicky Phelan first spoke publicly.

A week on and the Government is still struggling to nail down the exact facts about cancer screening audits.

That was illustrated in the clearest terms in the Dáil last night when the Health Minister revealed that a potentially large number of cervical cancer cases have not yet been reviewed.

This admission likely to dominate questions to the Taoiseach in the Dáil at midday.

Today too, officials from the HSE, the Department of Health and CervicalCheck will face questions at the Oireachtas Health Committee.