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Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

29 April 2018, 09:41 | Lucy Hill

Vicky Phelan leaves court after the announcement of a settlement

Vicky Phelan leaves court after the announcement of a settlement

The official defence documents filed by the HSE in Ms Phelan's case show that the state was also denying it had any duty of care towards her husband, who also took part in the action against the HSE and the USA lab which carried out the misread test.

Ms Phelan, who waited three years to learn CervicalCheck had an internal report on her misdiagnosis, said: "The fact the head of the national screening programme could not say this morning that these women had been communicated with to me is absolutely disgraceful".

They say any woman who may have not been told that her case has been audited has been informed - or will be informed after the weekend.

Prof Flannelly is said to have informed the HSE of her decision yesterday evening. They will investigate if all 206 women were told by hospital doctors that they should have been called back for their cancer screening test to be checked.

According to the HSE, nearly 1,500 cases of cervical cancer have been notified to the cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, since it began a decade ago.

It's after a terminally-ill Limerick woman was wrongly given the all clear in 2011.

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Minister Harris announced on Friday that he had sent in a senior squad to review CervicalCheck and to undertake an investigation.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the Tanaiste, Simon Coveney, have apologised to Ms Phelan and her family.

The HSE offered its thanks to Dr Flannelly for her work, saying "she has 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". In advance of the peer review being completed it is considered essential that the remainder of the leadership team of the programme remain in situ.

Ms Phelan revealed on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ 1 last night that Minster Harris rang her to personally apologise for what happened to her.

During the week, the Fine Gael TD 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.

€700,000 of today's settlement has already been earmarked for the couple's two young children.



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