Review Announced Of Cervical Check Programme

WATCH Terminally-ill Limerick woman agrees €2.5m settlement over cancer misdiagnoses

WATCH Terminally-ill Limerick woman agrees €2.5m settlement over cancer misdiagnoses

Vicky Phelan, who has terminal cancer, yesterday settled her case against the USA lab that tested her smear sample back in 2011.

For over 170 of these women, a referral to a colposcopy might have been recommended earlier, while the remainder might have needed a repeat smear test to occur earlier.

Cervical Check is writing to doctors today to make sure they've told patients the results of the audits of their smear tests.

In a statement the HSE said it wished to acknowledge Professor Flannelly and to formally thank her for the enormous dedication, contribution and expert knowledge that she brought to the CervicalCheck Programme over the past 12 years.

Prof. Grainne Flannelly, Clinical Director at CervicalCheck, will remain in her position.

In her High Court action, which began last week, her lawyers said if the cancerous cells had been detected in 2011 she would have had a simple procedure and would have a 90% chance of survival.

Mr Harris said: 'I could not express confidence in the way in which CervicalCheck is being run in recent days, because there has been an inability to assure women and reassure women of their situation'. "No woman should have to wait this long for information relevant to their care", it said.

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In 2011, Vicky Phelan was told there were no abnormalities found in the smear sample sent to Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc.in Austin, Texas.

"For Ms Phelan's misdiagnosis to be known for nearly three years is unacceptable", she said.

The statement said that during that time she had helped to introduce a programme that has saved the lives of countless women in Ireland through screening and early intervention and who would otherwise have died from cervical cancer.

Fianna Fáil spokesman on health Stephen Donnelly said the Government still had many questions to answer over the handling "of a litany of errors relating to the cervical cancer screening programme".

The helpline is one of a number of measures announced amid concerns over Cervical Check.

"Figures from National Cancer Registry Ireland show that the cervical cancer rate in Ireland has reduced significantly as a direct result of the CervicalCheck programme".

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