Sinn Féin MLA Liz Kimmins has expressed serious concern following reports that many women across the north are waiting three times longer than they should be for a smear test.
The Newry and Armagh MLA said:
“The early detection and treatment of cervical cancer can save lives, it is a scandal that women are being let down like this.
“Despite the best efforts of healthcare workers there just simply isn’t enough of them to carry out this work.
“Sinn Féin will be meeting the health minister next week to discuss the urgent need to recruit more doctors and nurses, cut waiting lists and to properly invest in our health service.
“The people suffering from one party’s boycott of the Assembly and Executive are those women waiting anxiously for their smear test results and others struggling on waiting lists or unable to see their doctor.
“We are ready to get around the table with others today to do the job we are elected to do, that means making health a priority and working to fix the problems in our health service now.”