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

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now reviewing cases from hundreds of women in Ireland who may have been wrongly given negative results by the national cervical cancer screening programme.

The move follows a "cytology review" which suggested the first result was incorrect.

The official defence documents filed by the HSE in Ms Phelan's case show that the state was also denying it had any duty of care towards her husband, who also took part in the action against the HSE and the USA lab which carried out the misread test.

On The Week in Politics on RTÉ Minister for Health Simon Harris said he did not know how many women may have died in connection with the cervical smear testing failures.

Counsel for the HSE pointed out to Prof Shepherd that one of the reasons for the delay in Ms Phelan being informed was because a complete review going back to 2008 had been undertaken and it some time to deal with those affected by 2011 tests.

A terminally ill mother of two, who was wrongly told she didn't have cancer in 2011, has settled her case against a United States lab for €2.5m.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the Tanaiste, Simon Coveney, have apologised to Ms Phelan and her family.

Professor Shepherd said in his opinion this delay was "most irregular" and absolutely should not happen.

Over 200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer should have received earlier intervention than they did, figures released by the HSE suggest.

A week ago the High Court heard the spread trial of 24 May 2011 demonstrated no anomaly was distinguished and Ms Phelan was prompted by letter in June 2011 the spread test recognized no variations from the norm.

The defence documents filed did admit there was some delay informing her about her smear test results.

This comes as Vicky Phelan claimed that three Irish women whose smear test results had to be audited have died.

Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.

After approving the settlement, Mr. J Cross turned to face Ms. Phelan and said: "if anyone can beat this, you can".

"A cancer diagnosis is one of the most, if not the most, hard experiences a person and their family can deal with".

The HSE said treating clinicians were informed about these findings and were asked to communicate with their patients directly where clinically appropriate.

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

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