At least 12 women have died in cervical cancer tests scandal

At least 12 women have died in cervical cancer tests scandal

On Monday, we learned that the number of women who should have been contacted about a review into their smear test results over a 10-year period had risen from 206 to 208.

"'I just wanted to call you personally to apologise for what has happened to you but he also wanted to thank me for still encouraging women to go for smears and for promoting the Cervical screening programme' he said".

A serious incident management team is continuing to gather information from around 13 hospitals on the scale of the controversy.

Ms Phelan (43), a mother of two from Limerick, settled her High Court action against a United States laboratory for €2.5 million last week. This Clinical Expert Panel will also produce an overall report to inform HIQA's investigation and the work of the International Peer Review Group.

Vicky Phelan's botched smear test uncovered a scandal within CervicalCheck.

In a statement released shortly after, Minister Harris said: 'Vicky Phelan has done a huge and courageous service to this country in highlighting a number of major weaknesses in relation to how people experience our health service.

The smear tests of nearly 1,500 women diagnosed with cervical cancer over the past ten years may be analysed as part of a review announced by the health minister, The Times has learnt.

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He also said that they had also tried to get her to accept a confidentiality agreement as part of the settlement, but that she had refused.

Taoiseach Leo Varakadar said that there will be an inquiry into the controversy.

Following an audit over the weekend the HSE confirmed today that 208 women were affected by the controversy and 162 of those women had not been informed that their earlier tests were reviewed, or of the outcome of that review.

"The other thing is, it is important not to forget the HPV vaccination programme here because the HPV vaccine, it has the potential to wipe out cervical cancer".

"While the health system made serious missteps and its damaging mishandling of communication undeniably failed Vicky, cervical screening has saved women's lives and will continue to do so while women use the programme".

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