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

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

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

Professor Gráinne Flannelly, the clinical director of the Cervical Check programme, has announced she is standing down from her role.

In a statement issued by the HSE on Saturday night, Dr Flannelly said she was "sorry that recent events caused distress and worry" to women.

She added: 'He also wanted to thank me for still encouraging women to go for smears and for promoting the cervical screening programme'.

"I have made a decision to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said. Some of these women are now dead from cervical cancer.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the doctors, nurses and programme staff of CervicalCheck for their continued hard work and commitment towards delivering a first-class service for the women of Ireland".

A 43-year-old woman who was given mistaken test outcomes and is now critically ill with cervical cancer has settled her High Court activity against a U.S. lab for €2.5m.

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.

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

Minister for Health Simon Harris on Saturday told CervicalCheck to facilitate further smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System feel it is necessary.

Earlier the Minister Harris said he had lost confidence in senior management in CervicalCheck.

A Donegal solicitor believes there are a number of women in Donegal who have been told their smear tests were clear of any abnormalities when in fact this may not be the case.

The Tánaiste apologised in the Dail to the Annacotty woman who was given incorrect test results and is now terminally ill with cervical cancer.

Mrs Phelan, who now has cervical cancer and has been told she only has months to live, was not told about the misdiagnosis until 2017, despite CervicalCheck becoming aware of the misdiagnosis three years earlier in 2014, according to an audit.

A portion of the monies will be paid into court and be held for the couple's two children who are now aged seven and 12.

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