Published: Sun, April 29, 2018
Medical | By Vernon Walton

Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

Earlier this week, she settled her High Court action against a United States laboratory for €2.5 million.

The revelations came to light after Ms Phelan, 43, was awarded €2.5 million after her 2011 smear test was wrongly deemed clear.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has now established a review of the process, to establish how the scandal was allowed to unfold.

"CervicalCheck appears then to have undertaken a review so any of the individuals who have developed cancer and who had previously had a clear smear result - CervicalCheck seems to have to have reviewed these files to identify if there was any incorrect reporting".

"I am terminally-ill and there is no cure for my cancer".

She said her heart goes out to other women who are also victims of misdiagnosis and are now being alerted to an internal report on their medical case.

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

The court heard that regardless of her terminal finding Ms Phelan is attempting another treatment in the US.

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".

Harris took to Twitter on Saturday to share the news of the repeat tests on offer, which, according to him, will be paid for by the State.

Jolene McElhinney of McElhinney and Associates says she is handling the cases of two women in Donegal in very similar situations to that of Limerick woman, Vicky Phelan.

A CervicalCheck helpline has gone live today to help those with concerns over smear tests and the national screening programme.

Asked if any of the women had died, she said: "This is not information kept by CervicalCheck".

"Despite these achievements, every diagnosis of cervical cancer is one too many and we acknowledge the impact of this disease on women and their families". "This will further reduce the risk of cervical cancer and improve identification of the risk of cervical cell abnormalities", the charity said.

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