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Yesterday Irish supreme court upheld "absolute confidence" bar on negative results from #CervicalCheck - by chance, preprint by @donalb5, @CiaranORiain, & several others on false positives / negatives just dropped. So let me explain why most scientists & docs unhappy (1/n)
First off, the idea behind screening is that you cast a wide net, and over a population, you catch some warning signs before they become a problem. The net is inherently imperfect - but on AVERAGE it saves lives. So what defines a test's reliability? These things (2/n)
So what do you want in an ideal screen? Some test with high sensitivity (correctly identifies the thing) and high specificity (doesn't accidentally say the thing is there when it's not). But prevalence matters too - take LBC, the standard modality. (3/n)
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This clip has not aged well for Marc MacSharry. And now the independent RCOG report has supported what was said by senior health figures at the time. #cervicalcheck
Here’s more staggeringly ill-informed commentary…
Meanwhile Senator Mark Daly wanted people to go to jail
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I interviewed Emma Mhic Mhathúna before she died of last year. The last text she sent me read:

"Don't worry Luke, God and love always win".

Simon Harris is a liar.

I have followed the #CervicalCheck scandal closely and want to make some observations...

Wednesday 3rd April 2019... Simon Harris insists he was not warned offering more smear tests a mistake - @IrishTimes
A mere 3 days later, April 6th, the @irishexaminer released text messages that had been sent to Simon Harris, which prove that he was warned.

#SimonHarris is a liar.…
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The Scally Inquiry details some of the ways that women and families were told about the #CervicalCheck audits - the inquiry found the disclosures were handled anywhere from well to badly, to 'very badly indeed'
Dr Scally said: "In my view, the manner in which they were eventually told of their situation in many cases varied from unsatisfactory and inappropriate, to damaging, hurtful and offensive." Here are some examples from his report ... #CervicalCheck
The inquiry was told that at least three of these disclosure meetings were held in the same room where the women had originally been informed of their cancer diagnosis. #CervicalCheck
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Dr Scally has arrived to give reporters a briefing on his review #CervicalCheck
Scally says this review came about due to the "extraordinary determination of Vicky Phelan not to be silenced". Says he found issues with every area he looked at, describing it as "a whole system failure".
Dr Scally says he found no evidence of a conspiracy or cover-up, he had no issues interviewing the people he wanted to interview and he was given access to all of the documents he required #CervicalCheck
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Short thread on #CervicalCheck (CC) - there's an abundance of emotive misinformation doing the rounds that needs to be challenged. There's an ugly story here of a disconnect between evidence, politics, and law. It's confusing but important to understand. So, let's delve (1/n)
...I wrote an explainer on this for the @IrishTimes way back in May, and while the facts haven't hugely changed since then, the rhetoric has. Firstly, CC saves lives. It has pushed down the national rate of cervical cancer, and as a screening programme has been a success (2/n)
..but it's EXTREMELY important to understand a screening test is NOT a diagnostic test. CC is not a diagnostic for cancer - it's a wide-net that looks for indicators in healthy people that might indicate an increased cancer risk in he future. It is *not* a cancer test. (3/n)
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