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CervicalCheck boss steps down amid smear test blunder

CervicalCheck boss steps down amid smear test blunder

The cervical screening test is sensitive and the nature of screening is not diagnostic, so tests can not always confirm the presence or absence of pre-cancerous changes.

"'I just wanted to call you personally to apologise for what has happened to you but he also wanted to thank me for still encouraging women to go for smears and for promoting the Cervical screening programme' he said".

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

The 206 women whose smear tests were misread should have been referred on for further investigation, including an invasive diagnostic procedure or repeat smear, which could have picked up their cancer and led to earlier treatment.

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

"In the interests of meeting the needs of the women who rely on the CervicalCheck Programme, the HSE acknowledges that the programme's leadership is completely focused on working as part of the HSE's Serious Incident Management Team to address the current concerns", it added. I have made a decision to step aside to allow the Programme to continue it's important work'.

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In the wake of the controversy surrounding Vicky Phelan, reviews carried out by the State's national screening programme have shown that over 200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer should have received earlier intervention.

Fianna Fail health spokesman Stephen Donnelly said the Government still has many questions to answer over the handling "of a litany of errors relating to the cervical cancer screening programme".

Minister Harris had said on Friday he now can not have confidence in the managers of the screening programme.

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.

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

A bit of the settlement will be paid into court and be held for the couple's two kids who are presently matured seven and 12.

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