CervicalCheck controversy - 17 have died

CervicalCheck controversy - 17 have died

Sligo University Hospital is one of the 13 hospitals given information relating to 208 women who should have received earlier intervention following cervical cancer tests.

17 women who were part of the review died.

Vicky was given incorrect test results and is now terminally-ill with cervical cancer and she settled her High Court action against a United States laboratory for €2.5m last week.

Every woman who had has a smear test can have a re-check if they want it, Harris added. "It is life and it is death".

The revelations come following revelations about the case of cancer patient Vicky Phelan.

The HSE has issued a statement in relation to Kildare women in the CervicalCheck programme.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly has said Tony O'Brien's reaction to the CervicalCheck scandal "stretches credibility".

A suggested quote for the Minister within the memo stated: 'I acknowledge the severe distress that this issue has caused to the patient involved, and to her family.

Speaking on RTÉ's "This Week in Politics" programme, Minister for Health Simon Harris said he does not know how many women may have died arising from the cervical smear controversy.

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'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'.

"And by God I'm going to take these guys on".

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

Vicky got a call from the Taoiseach's office this evening asking if she'd like to meet with the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, and she said she would in principle but at the moment she is trying to concentrate on her health and she said would get back to the Taoiseach's press adviser.

Mr Harris said he did not have "specific figures" but agreed with Fianna Fáil's Stephen Donnelly that it could be in the region of 1,500.

He was told that the case followed a 2011 screening test that was falsely reported as negative.

The news means that more than 208 women may have been affected by the controversy. "But her courage and tenacity has done a great service to the women of Ireland and her actions will ultimately lead to improvements for all", he said.

The HSE has said it will provide further information and updates over the coming days on cervicalcheck.ie and anyone with concerns may contact the CervicalCheck information phone line on 1800 45 45 55.

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