Review Announced Of Cervical Check Programme

29 April, 2018, 01:42 | Author: Judith Dennis
  • Vicky Phelan of Annacotty Co Limerick

The CervicalCheck helpline was set up by Harris following concerns about failures in the National Cervical Screening programme.

Phelan, who's a 43-year-old Limerick mother-of-two, was awarded €2.5 million over a missed abnormality in a smear test in 2011.

"Have heard from many women today who have had smear tests & would like a repeat test to reassure them", he wrote.

The Tánaiste apologised in the Dail to the Annacotty woman who was given incorrect test results and is now terminally ill with cervical cancer.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer around the same time, but she only found out about that review a year ago.

In January of this year, she was told her cancer was terminal and was given six to 12 months to live.

It emerged late on Thursday that 206 women were wrongly given the all-clear on smear tests that showed abnormalities and required further testing.

Those figures were released after Vicky Phelan's case this week highlighted the issue.

In 2011, Vicky Phelan was told there were no abnormalities found in the smear sample sent to Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc.in Austin, Texas.

It was further claimed she was deprived of the opportunity of timely and effective investigation and management of her condition and deprived of the opportunity of treatment at a time when her disease was amenable to curative treatment.

Ms Phelan, who waited three years to learn CervicalCheck had an internal report on her misdiagnosis, said: "The fact the head of the national screening programme could not say this morning that these women had been communicated with to me is absolutely disgraceful".

It said that despite the controversy, it is "fully supportive" of CervicalCheck, describing it as "the best available measure we have at our disposal to detect cervical cancer early".

"Despite this, cervical screening represents one of the most effective ways to prevent cervical cancer".

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

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