Review Announced Of Cervical Check Programme

Cheryl Sanders
April 29, 2018

The Health Minister has already expressed that he no longer has confidence in CervicalCheck management, after it was revealed that 206 women were misdiagnosed following routine smear tests.

A smear test is undertaken to detect any abnormality which would be indicative that there is something untoward happening.

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

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 United States research facility.

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Minister Harris admitted it was the "last thing anyone needed".

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".

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.

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.

The clinical director of CervicalCheck - Grainne Flannely - says it's vital that women continue to be screened. On Saturday, RTE News reported that some of these 206 women had since passed away.

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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.

Mrs Phelan was recently awarded €2.5m in a High Court action against a U.S. laboratory, after being given the wrong smear test results, leading to a delay in her cancer diagnosis.

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