Launch of cervical screening programme helpline hit by technical glitch

Launch of cervical screening programme helpline hit by technical glitch

This morning, Mr. J Kevin Cross was told the case against the lab had been settled for €2.5m with no admission of liability and the case against the HSE could be struck out.

Ms Phelan settled a case against a USA lab on Wednesday, after being wrongly informed in 2011 that she had the all clear.

Health Minister Simon Harris said yesterday he now can not have confidence in the managers of the screening programme.

Simon Harris has announced that he is now organising for repeat smear tests to be arranged free of charge following the recent news that several cases of cervical cancer have gone misdiagnosed.

Overall, just over 200 women with cervical cancer who had smear tests should have received earlier intervention than they did, the HSE noted.

By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer. Limerick, was given less than a year to live in January.

"The story of Vicky Phelan's missed cancer diagnosis and its subsequent escalation to terminal cervical cancer is extremely upsetting and worrying".

Mr Justice Cross said he was charmed that the case had settled and said to Ms Phelan: "In the event that anybody can beat this, you can".

The National Association of General Practitioners has welcomed Harris' move on re-tests, saying "it is extremely important that this is available for any patient who is anxious and wants to have repeat test for reassurance".

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".

She said her heart goes out to other women who are also victims of misdiagnosis and are now being alerted to an internal report on their medical case.

It said that despite the controversy, it is "fully supportive" of CervicalCheck, describing it as "the best available measure we have at our disposal to detect cervical cancer early". "No woman should have to wait this long for information relevant to their care", it said.

"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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