CervicalCheck Helpline Goes Live Amid Screening Controversy

WATCH Terminally-ill Limerick woman agrees €2.5m settlement over cancer misdiagnoses
Vicky Phelan has reached a settlement of €2.5m
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29 April, 2018

In January this year she was offered six to a year to live.

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.

Over 200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer should have received earlier intervention than they did, figures released by the HSE suggest.

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.

"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".

During Ms Phelan's interview the news broke that the Clinical Director of CervicalCheck, Dr Gráinne Flannelly, was to resign her position.

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.

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The HSE said treating clinicians were informed about these findings and were asked to communicate with their patients directly where clinically appropriate.

A 43-year-old woman who was given mistaken test outcomes and is now critically ill with cervical cancer has settled her High Court activity against a USA lab for €2.5m.

It follows the recent controversy over smear test results.

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

"It's so important that people use the screening programme: it saves lives, it has detected cancers, and it has helped reduce the rate of cervical cancer". The Society has full confidence in the service, which we expect will progress from smear to HPV testing as a first-line test in the near future.

When she had another spread test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.

Ms Phelan, who settled her case for €2.5m, said her daughter Amelia (12) has been badly affected by the case, realising her mother may die. This represents a breakdown in communication.


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