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

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In July of that year Ms Phelan was determined to have cervical cancer and experienced radical chemo-radiotherapy.

43-year-old Vicky Phelan, who lives in Annacotty, Co.

However this was incorrect and by the time she had another smear test in 2014, she had cervical cancer. Her doctor was not told until 2016.

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The launch of a helpline for anybody with concerns about the cervical screening programme has been hit with technical issues. While in the majority of these cases there had been no need for further review, in around 30% of cases a review was warranted.

In nearly half of those cases, it is suggested that earlier intervention was needed.

She was responding to comments by CervicalCheck clinical director Dr Grainne Flannelly, who said she could not be sure all of the women have yet been told about their reports.

Harris took to Twitter to confirm the repeat tests.

The HSE also said it is "considered essential that the remainder of the Leadership team of the CervicalCheck Programme remain in situ" while a peer review takes place.

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In her High Court action, which began last week, her lawyers said if the cancerous cells had been detected in 2011 she would have had a simple procedure and would have a 90% chance of survival.

"Despite these achievements, every diagnosis of cervical cancer is one too many and we acknowledge the impact of this disease on women and their families".

"We have always advocated and campaigned for resources for screening, particularly in relation to cervical screening because it is the best measure we have to avoid cervical cancer, which is a awful cancer, but is one that, if caught early enough, can be managed".

"It has helped reduce the cervical cancer rate nationally at a rate of 7% per year". 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.

However, it acknowledged that there will "never be a health service without some degree of human error".

Vicky Phelan was diagnosed with cancer three years after her smear test results of 2011 were incorrectly reported as clear of abnormalities. This represents a breakdown in communication.

Asked if any of the women had died, she said: "This is not information kept by CervicalCheck".

The charity added that any woman affected by this story who needs support can speak to trained cancer nurses on 1800 200 700.

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