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

Apr 30, 2018, 02:17
Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

A Donegal solicitor believes there are a number of women in Donegal who have been told their smear tests were clear of any abnormalities when in fact this may not be the case.

She added: 'He also wanted to thank me for still encouraging women to go for smears and for promoting the cervical screening programme'.

During the week, the Fine Gael TD announced that he is now organising for repeat smear tests to be arranged free of charge following the recent news that several cases of cervical cancer have gone misdiagnosed.

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.

HSE clinical teams began to review files in cancer units nationwide yesterday.

It follows days of uncertainty, over what an unpublished 2014 HSE audit of cervical checks discovered.

Prof Shepherd was also asked about correspondence between Cervical Check and doctors treating Ms Phelan and other women which appear to show a difference of opinion about who should inform the patients of the mistakes that had been uncovered.

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

"I said to him basically look, what has happened to me is bad".

It is amid revelations that more than 200 reviews of tests suggested women with cervical cancer should have received "earlier intervention".

"I just don't know how she can sleep at night".

She told the HSE of her intention to resign saying she was sorry that recent events caused distress and worry to women.

Ms Phelan spoke movingly of the impact the dramatic revelations of the last week and her powerful speech outside the High Court has had on her family.

The HSE has confirmed that 1,482 cases of cervical cancer were notified to Cervical Check since it started the national programme 10 years ago.

After approving the settlement, Mr. J Cross turned to face Ms. Phelan and said: "if anyone can beat this, you can".

Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.

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

The professor, who it was understood would remain in her position up until last night despite Minister for Health Simon Harris expressing he had no confidence in the CervicalCheck management, announced her decision in a statement from the HSE on Saturday night.

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