Up to 1500 women could have been affected by CervicalCheck scandal

Up to 1500 women could have been affected by CervicalCheck scandal

Up to 1500 women could have been affected by CervicalCheck scandal

The memo comes just a day after it was revealed that 17 women who were affected by the smear test blunder had died.

In a review of ten years of the Cervical Check programme, the HSE reviewed the cases of 208 women who developed cancer, but who were previously told they had no anomalies.

It says "that publicity around the case and/or settlement is likely".

The HSE has claimed its audit of 206 individual results is nearing completion and will engage today with all women still awaiting contact.

He was informed that the National Screening Service and the Head of the National Cancer Control Programme had advised the Department in writing that they did not consider this to be a "patient safety issue" but rather a reflection of the known limitations of the current screening test.

In a statement posted to their website, the society began by sharing their sympathies following the announcement that 17 women who had been affected by the smear test controversy have died. It means some 162 women did not know there might be a problem with their cancer check.

She added that cervical screening is absolutely essential for women in Ireland and encouraged people to continue going for smears.


However, he said he would not have gone on RTÉ News to express a lack of confidence in the management of the service.

Simon Harris was given media advice for how to comment on the case when it went through court or settled, being told to acknowledge the severe distress this case had put on Vicky Phelan and her family.

It began with terminally ill Limerick woman Vicky Phelan's court case finishing up last week and now Health Minister Simon Harris is under pressure to release a memo he was given about the issue before Vicky's case. "So I don't believe that", said Ms Phelan.

Leo Varadkar says there is no proof that sending the smear tests overseas for examination meant they were any less accurate than if they were examined here.

The inquiry "will look at the laboratory testing, and whether a different form of testing might have reduced the the number of false negatives", he said.

"But in all the debate that is ongoing it is important that we do not lose sight of the fact that the cancer screening programme has saved the lives of many, many women".

The cabinet will approve a statutory investigation into the CervicalCheck scandal this morning.

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