Review Announced Of Cervical Check Programme

Vicky Phelan of Annacotty Co Limerick

Vicky Phelan of Annacotty Co Limerick

A 43-year-old woman who was given incorrect test results and is now terminally ill with cervical cancer has settled her High Court action against a USA laboratory for €2.5m.

Speaking outside the court afterwards, Ms Phelan said there were no winners in the proceedings.

The figures were released following the controversy surrounding Vicky Phelan (43), a mother of two from Limerick, who was given incorrect cancer results and is now terminally ill.

Vicky Phelan settled her case yesterday, but has called for an inquiry into the national screening programme.

When she had another spread test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.

The National Association of General Practitioners has welcomed Harris' move on re-tests, saying "it is extremely important that this is available for any patient who is anxious and wants to have repeat test for reassurance".

Ms. McElhinney said: "They receive a report that the slides and the smears are clear, when in fact cancer has begun or the abnormalities have begun".

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

The aim is to ensure that by early next week the 206 women who developed cancer after getting the wrong test result will be aware of any CervicalCheck reports into their case.

Minister for Health Simon Harris's department confirmed on Saturday that smear tests would be carried out again for women affected, and the State will pay for them.

Ms Phelan spoke movingly of the impact the dramatic revelations of the last week and her powerful speech outside the High Court has had on her family.

The helpline is one of a number of measures announced amid concerns over Cervical Check.

Prof Shepherd was also asked about correspondence between Cervical Check and doctors treating Ms Phelan and other women which appear to show a difference of opinion about who should inform the patients of the mistakes that had been uncovered.

"It has helped reduce the cervical cancer rate nationally at a rate of 7% per year".

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