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Women Caught Up In Cervical Screening Delays Have Died

02 May 2018

The HSE has said that 17 women who were affected by the CervicalCheck controversy have died.

In a statement posted to their website, the society began by sharing their sympathies following the announcement that 17 women who had been affected by the smear test controversy have died. However, the cases of 442 women were reviewed and for 208 women earlier intervention was suggested.

However, it did not cover all cases notified to the National Cancer Registry. He is expected to discuss this issue with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the coming days.

A briefing note was prepared for Health Minister Simon Harris over a week before a settlement was reached in Vicky Phelan's High Court case.

It means some 162 women did not know there might be a problem with their cancer check.

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The helpline will stay open until 6 this evening and the HSE says call-backs are underway.

'HPV is associated with 70pc of all cervical cancers and I would stress to women the importance of CervicalCheck and the HPV vaccination programme as key measures in reducing their risk of developing cervical cancer'.

Challenging the Taoiseach on the issue today, Mary Lou McDonald said that "people are today trying to make sense of how profoundly the State has failed the women affected by the Cervical Cancer scandal".

The CervicalCheck scandal will dominate proceedings when the Dáil resumes this afternoon. I recognise that to do so can not have been easy for her or her family.

More than 2,000 women have called the CervicalCheck helpline over the weekend. He said a liaison nurse will coordinate with the women.

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"It was not clear until after the details of the case became public that this process was not ensuring that women were informed and once I became aware of that I ordered immediate change", he said.

The minister said he will take "every action possible to ensure that an incident such as this does not happen again".

'I recently approved a proposal from the National Screening Service to Move to HPV testing as the primary test for cervical cancer from October 2018. "We acknowledge things went wrong but we are determined to put things right".

"We need to deal with the bombshell you are just having dropping in here today", he said. "What volume of women have not had their cases audited?"

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach says he will not fire HSE boss Tony O'Brien after the CervicalCheck scandal.

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Women Caught Up In Cervical Screening Delays Have Died