Campaigner Vicky Phelan has said that medical professionals who fail to disclose information to patients should face sanctions.

Stephen Teap and Vicky Phelan were this morning presented with an award at the Labour Party national conference in recognition of their efforts on behalf of those affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.

Ms Phelan told the conference that mandatory disclosure must be introduced here quickly.

It should not be solely the decision of a doctor to decide whether or not a patient is told their full medical history, she told Labour delegates.

The relationship between patients and doctors must be based on trust and respect, Ms Phelan said.

These views were echoed by Mr Teap who said that his late wife Irene had been disrespected by the medical profession.

The Minister for Health has responded this evening, saying new legislation would ensure that sanctions will apply to medical professionals who don’t disclose information to patients. 

Simon Harris said the legal advice is that legislation as currently drafted allows for this, but he is more than happy to amend it further to make this clearer.

There were also calls at the Labour conference this morning to swiftly implement the recommendations of the Scally Report that examined in detail the CervicalCheck controversy.

Labour's health spokesperson Alan Kelly said there is still a need to get more answers but for now the focus is on the future and ensuring that the HPV vaccination programme is expanded.