Cancer controversy: director of CervicalCheck stands down

Vicky Phelan with her parents John and Gaby at a recent fundraiser in aid of her treatment fund in Limerick

The official defence documents filed by the HSE in Ms Phelan's case show that the state was also denying it had any duty of care towards her husband, who also took part in the action against the HSE and the USA lab which carried out the misread test.

The clinical director of CervicalCheck - Grainne Flannely - says it's vital that women continue to be screened.

Saturday night saw the HSE confirmed that the clinical director of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly, had stepped down from her post effective immediately, in wake of the recent cervical cancer scandal.

Dr Flannelly said she had made a decision to step aside to allow the service continue its important work.

The 206 women whose smear tests were misread should have been referred on for further investigation, including an invasive diagnostic procedure or repeat smear, which could have picked up their cancer and led to earlier treatment.

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.




The HSE said the worldwide peer review, agreed with Minister Simon Harris during this week, will determine any learnings and opportunities for improvement within the CervicalCheck Programme. It said it "considered essential that the remainder of the Leadership team of the CervicalCheck Programme remain in situ".

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has sent a new management team into CervicalCheck after expressing no confidence in the current management.

It comes after Health Minister Simon Harris said he now can't have confidence in the managers of the screening programme.

"During this time she has helped to introduce a programme that has saved the lives of countless women in Ireland through screening and early intervention and who would otherwise have died from cervical cancer", it said.

Ms Phelan revealed on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ 1 last night that Minster Harris rang her to personally apologise for what happened to her.

A bit of the settlement will be paid into court and be held for the couple's two kids who are presently matured seven and 12.

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