Review Announced Of Cervical Check Programme

29 April, 2018, 01:46 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • Cancer patient settlement €2.5M by High Court

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.

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

In July of that year Ms Phelan was determined to have cervical cancer and experienced radical chemo-radiotherapy.

THE HSE HAS issued an apology after a helpline for women to ring who may have concerns about past cervical checks was down for 90 minutes this morning due to a technical issue.

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".

She was responding to comments by CervicalCheck clinical director Dr Grainne Flannelly, who said she could not be sure all of the women have yet been told about their reports.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced plans to organise repeat smear tests at the cost of the state following the news of several misdiagnosed cervical cancer cases.

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206 women developed the illness after having a misdiagnosed smear and should have had further medical investigations.

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

It said cervical screening cannot prevent all cancers and while regular screening can detect pre-cancerous changes early, "however screening tests are not diagnostic in nature and cannot always indicate the presence or absence of pre-cancerous changes. This will further reduce the risk of cervical cancer and improve identification of the risk of cervical cell abnormalities", the charity said.

Vicky, 43, from Annacotty, was diagnosed with cancer three years after her smear test results of 2011 were incorrectly reported as being clear of any abnormalities.

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

He joins the likes of Simon Harris who supports repeal.

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