The President of the Medical Council is being urged to clarify comments she has made on the CervicalCheck scandal.
Dr Rita Doyle says there is a level of ‘inaccurate information’ in the public domain.
However, the Irish Patients Association says she needs to say exactly what that information is.
Dr Doyle says individual doctors could also face investigation over their roles in the controversy - depending on the outcomes of various reports being carried out.
Director of the Irish Patients Association Stephen McMahon says there are a lot of questions unanswered.
"Are they themselves going to initiate complaints against particular doctors if they are in contact with the HSE?" asked Mr McMahon.
[quote]And the question for the HSE is if they are going to open communication lines with the Medical Council about particular doctors that they are concerned about. Are they going to make those public?[/quote]
Last night, Dr Rita Doyle said she is concerned that the positive impact of cancer screening programmes is being lost in the issues that have emerged.
Dr Doyle said the Cervical Check programme has cut mortality rates by 7% year-on-year since it's introduction - dramatically reducing the number of women who die from cervical cancer.
However, in a statement, she said this 'good news story' has been lost in the issues that have emerged in recent months.