A Mayo TD wants extra capacity immediately in the Cervical Check scheme, to deal with the backlog that is currently there.

Mayo Fianna Fail Deputy Lisa Chambers was speaking after the revelations that up to 6,000 women are likely to be called for a retest after an issue at Quest Laboratories arose last November.

The problem relates to standard HPV tests being carried out outside of the manufacturers recommended timeframe.

The HSE has assured women who need a repeat smear following the issue, that they will be prioritised.

Deputy Chambers broke the news of the latest issue with Cervical Check, following investigations which she began last November. Deputy Chambers is one of the women waiting on retest results for an extended period of time.

As well as additional capacity, Deputy Chambers wants Minister for Health Simon Harris to come into the Dail and give answers on this latest controversy.

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