CervicalCheck controversy - 17 have died

02 May, 2018, 01:30 | Author: Cassandra Gardner
  • Over 2000 women called CervicalCheck helpline since Saturday

17 women who were part of a review of the Cervical Check programme have died.

He said that among these, 162 were not told that a review involving their case had been carried out by CervicalCheck, or of the outcome. The next step will be to publish its Terms of Reference, which will be in about a fortnight's time.

HSE director-general Tony O'Brien has apologised to all of the women involved and to their families for the "completely unacceptable" practices.

"It was not clear until after the details of the case became public that this process was not ensuring that women were informed and once I became aware of that I ordered immediate change", he said.

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Kilkenny woman Vicky Phelan, who is terminally ill brought the issue to light recently after she settled a case with a USA lab last week when she was wrongly told she had no abnormality in a 2011 smear.

Mr Harris said this evening: "Whilst I had previously been advised, and it had been commonly understood that CervicalCheck clinical audit covered all cases notified to the National Cancer Registry, I have been informed this afternoon that this is not the case".

Ms Phelan has said she does not believe Mr O'Brien learned about her case last week. "By God am I going to take these guys on, I think it's disgraceful".

Following news released at a HSE briefing on Monday that confirmed 162 of the women who'd been affected had not yet been told their fate, the Irish Cancer Society then shared the news that they'd requested an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris to seek clarity on a number of items surrounding the scandal.

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Fianna Fail TD for Limerick City, Willie O'Dea, says the Government must not delay in the establishment of the independent inquiry into the Cervical Check controversy.

CervicalCheck is Ireland's National Cervical Screening Programme.

Mr Harris defended his own handling of the controversy, saying that a briefing note supplied to him by officials on April 16 suggested women were being informed of any errors in their treatment.

It has also been revealed that a helpline for women concerned about this matter has now received 6,000 calls.

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The HSE has said it will provide further information and updates over the coming days on cervicalcheck.ie and anyone with concerns may contact the CervicalCheck information phone line on 1800 45 45 55.

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