Don't fight smear test cases, HSE is ordered


Harris also said that he hoped the HSE or the State would not defend any other cases that may be similar to the Vicky Phelan case, adding that he plans to work with the Government to avoid it.

Vicky, 43, from Annacotty, was diagnosed with cancer three years after her smear test results of 2011 were incorrectly reported as being clear of any abnormalities. She settled her High Court action against a U.S. laboratory for €2.5m this week.

€700,000 of today's settlement has already been earmarked for the couple's two young children.

Earlier this week, she settled her High Court action against a U.S. laboratory for €2.5 million.

Vicky Phelan, with her husband Jim, was awarded €2.5m from the High Court after she sued the HSE and a lab in the United States for failing to tell her the correct diagnosis of a smear test in 2011.

The government will find out today how numerous 206 women who developed cervical cancer after an incorrect all-clear were not told about the error.

The Minister for Health had told CervicalCheck to facilitate further smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System feel it is necessary.

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It said cervical screening cannot prevent all cancers and while regular screening can detect pre-cancerous changes early, "however screening tests are not diagnostic in nature and cannot always indicate the presence or absence of pre-cancerous changes".

In September 2017, Ms Phelan was advised of the review and in November she was diagnosed with an incurable Stage 4 cancer and was given a life expectancy of between six and 12 months.

SIMON Coveney has apologised to Limerick woman Vicky Phelan over her cancer misdiagnoses in what he called a "a shameful series of events".

The helpline was established on Friday in response to revelations that 206 women had a delay in their cervical cancer diagnosis.

"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".

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

"There are a number of cases which are identical, as I said, they have gone on to develop cancer".