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Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results

29 April 2018, 09:37 | Violet Powell

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The clinical director of CervicalCheck - Grainne Flannely - says it's vital that women continue to be screened.

Yesterday evening the clinical director of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly stepped down.

The cervical screening test is sensitive and the nature of screening is not diagnostic, so tests can not always confirm the presence or absence of pre-cancerous changes. 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.

Dr Flannelly said she had chose to step aside to allow the service continue its important work.

"I have made a decision to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.

The HSE also expressed confidence in that team to address the current concerns and said the review "will determine any learnings and opportunities for improvement within the CervicalCheck programme".

Over 200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer should have received earlier intervention than they did, figures released by the HSE suggest.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has now established a review of the process, to establish how the scandal was allowed to unfold.

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now reviewing cases from hundreds of women in Ireland who may have been wrongly given negative results by the national cervical cancer screening programme.

The HSE confirmed on Saturday the rest of the management would remain in place while this review was ongoing.

Vicky Phelan, the terminally ill woman who brought this issue to light, appeared on the Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday night to share her story of misdiagnosis.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Harris's Department of Health confirmed that it had advised CervicalCheck to arrange for additional smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System say they need them - at the cost of the State.

It comes after Health Minister Simon Harris said he now can't have confidence in the managers of the screening programme.

The lid was blown on the CervicalCheck cancer earlier this month when Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan, 43, took a High Court case against the HSE and the Texas-based lab which distributed her smear test results in 2011.

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



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