The head of the HSE has stepped down just hours after refusing to resign over the CervicalCheck scandal.

Tony O'Brien informed the Health Minister last night admitting that there were failures in telling women about incorrect smear test results.

Yesterday it emerged the HSE was told two years ago that women could go to the media over the scandal.

Mr O’Brien’s resignation has also been welcomed by Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh.

She says that from the moment the revelations started about CervicalCheck, his position was untenable.

Senator Conway-Walsh says the news yesterday that there were three memos outlining the fact that they knew within the HSE about these failures but kept that information from the women involved and their doctors, is unacceptable. 

She told Midwest News this morning that people need to be held accountable in this scandal.

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