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

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

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

A smear test is undertaken to detect any abnormality which would be indicative that there is something untoward happening.

Ms Phelan, of Carrigeen, Annacotty, Co Limerick along with her husband Jim Phelan has sued the Health Service Executive and Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc, Austin, Texas, over a smear test taken under the National Cervical Screening Programme CervicalCheck and analysed in the United States laboratory.

She said her heart goes out to other women who are also victims of misdiagnosis and are now being alerted to an internal report on their medical case.

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

A 43-year-old woman who was given incorrect test results and is now terminally ill with cervical cancer has settled her High Court action against a United States laboratory for €2.5m.

In January of this year, she was told her cancer was terminal and was given six to 12 months to live. "No woman should have to wait this long for information relevant to their care", it said. Ms Phelan had a false negative smear test result in 2011 but developed symptoms in 2014 and was diagnosed with cancer.

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"For Ms Phelan's misdiagnosis to be known for nearly three years is unacceptable", she said.

It was amid revelations that more than 200 reviews of tests suggested women with cervical cancer should have received "earlier intervention".

"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".

The cervical screening test is sensitive and the nature of screening is not diagnostic, so tests can not always confirm the presence or absence of pre-cancerous changes.

"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".

"It has helped reduce the cervical cancer rate nationally at a rate of 7% per year. This will further reduce the risk of cervical cancer and improve identification of the risk of cervical cell abnormalities", the charity said.

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