The Irish Medical Organisation has said GPs cannot be held responsible for the quality or operation of the planned National Cervical Screening Programme.

Dr Martin Daly, IMO's incoming president, says that while GPs support the roll-out of the programme, the National Cancer Screening Service had failed to negotiate with the IMO on a contract to provide the service.

In a draft contract, the screening service has offered GPs a fee of €55 for each screening test.

Women aged between 25 and 60 years are due to be screened, after the programme begins in July.

The IMO said today it would not obstruct the programme but believed what is being proposed is unsustainable.