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Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results

Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results

Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results

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 U.S. lab which carried out the misread test.

Not only were they looking for proof of any personal injury or hurt - but they were also calling on her to prove that this was materially and specifically related to the delay in providing her with her false negative smear test result.

The HSE said it wished to acknowledge Professor Flannelly and to formally thank her for "the enormous dedication, contribution and expert knowledge" that she brought to the CervicalCheck Programme over the past 12 years.

Yesterday evening the clinical director of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly stepped down.

It recently emerged that 206 women who developed cancer were wrongly given the all-clear, which was only discovered when their tests were re-examined after they were diagnosed.

"I have chose to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.

She revealed that Simon Harris had called her personally to apologise for the health service letting her down.

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Issues with the cancer screening programme were highlighted this week in a court case taken by Vicki Phelan over a missed abnormality in a smear test in 2011.

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. It said it "considered essential that the remainder of the Leadership team of the CervicalCheck Programme remain in situ".

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.


The Irish minister of health has said he "truthfully doesn't know" how many women have died from cervical cancer after incorrect smear test results.

Mrs Phelan, who now has cervical cancer and has been told she only has months to live, was not told about the misdiagnosis until 2017, despite CervicalCheck becoming aware of the misdiagnosis three years earlier in 2014, according to an audit.

€700,000 of today's settlement has already been earmarked for the couple's two young children.

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