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Minister for Health Regrets Backlog In Smear Test Checks In Wake Of Cervical Check Scandal

Howvever Wicklow TD Simon Harris has denied being advised that issuing free tests would seriously undermine the service. 

80 thousand women are waiting up to 33 weeks for their results.

Fianna Fail Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister to explain why he didn't put an end to the tests when he was advised afterwards that they were causing a backlog. 

Simon Harris says he stands over his decision

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