Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

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

WATCH Terminally-ill Limerick woman agrees €2.5m settlement over cancer misdiagnoses Vicky Phelan has reached a settlement of €2.5m
Carol Daniels | 29 April, 2018, 21:37

Minister Harris and the HSE director general, Tony O'Brien, have agreed that an worldwide peer review of CervicalCheck needs to take place to ensure ongoing confidence in it.

More than 200 women developed cervical cancer after a misdiagnosed smear as part of a free national screening programme.

By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer. I have made a decision to step aside to allow the Programme to continue it's important work'.

Vicky Phelan was determined to have cancer three years after her spread test consequences of 2011 were mistakenly detailed as clear of variations from the norm.

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. Some of these women are now dead from cervical cancer.

In a statement, Dr Flannelly apologised, and said: 'I am sorry that recent events caused distress and worry to women.

Ms Phelan, of Carrigeen, Annacotty, Co Limerick alongside her better half Jim Phelan has sued the Health Service Executive and Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc, Austin, Texas, over a spread test taken under the National Cervical Screening Program CervicalCheck and dissected in the USA research facility.

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The HSE said the global peer review, agreed with Minister Simon Harris during this week, will determine any learnings and opportunities for improvement within the CervicalCheck Programme.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has sent a new management team into CervicalCheck after expressing no confidence in the current management.

Minister Harris had said on Friday he now can not have confidence in the managers of the screening programme.

In addition to seeking detailed information about the state of her health, they also asked her to specifically prove that she was likely to die earlier than expected as a result of her mishandled smear test.

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.

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

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