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From TheJournal.ie Woman with terminal cancer settles smear test case for €2.5 million CervicalCheck

Woman with terminal cancer settles smear test case for €2.5 million

“The last few months have been so stressful for me and my family – just that thought of facing court as I recover from the last treatments of chemotherapy.”

From TheJournal.ie Former CervicalCheck boss says Harris was warned that offering extra smear tests could cause delays BACKLOG

Former CervicalCheck boss says Harris was warned that offering extra smear tests could cause delays

Micheál Martin said the decision was made by the government to “save their own skin and cover their own tracks”.

From TheJournal.ie CervicalCheck support group says smear test delays are 'totally unacceptable' Repeat Tests

CervicalCheck support group says smear test delays are 'totally unacceptable'

Women are having to wait an average of 22 weeks to receive their results, and thousands of tests need to be redone.

From TheJournal.ie Women with history of abnormal smears face 'anxious wait' for delayed results CervicalCheck

Women with history of abnormal smears face 'anxious wait' for delayed results

There is no provision for expediting cases where there is a known history of cancer or abnormal smear results.

From TheJournal.ie HSE confirms further 1,000 smear retests needed after samples expired due to backlog CervicalCheck

HSE confirms further 1,000 smear retests needed after samples expired due to backlog

The smear-test samples expired after there was a delay in transferring the samples to a slide within the six-week timeframe.

From TheJournal.ie Sandyford lab told Simon Harris that CervicalCheck was 'in jeopardy' and urgent action was needed Smear Tests

Sandyford lab told Simon Harris that CervicalCheck was 'in jeopardy' and urgent action was needed

Six months later, the HSE announced that GPs had been told the offer of free repeat smear tests were to end on 31 December.

From TheJournal.ie Simon Harris was warned that smear test backlog was 'intensifying concern' among women CervicalCheck

Simon Harris was warned that smear test backlog was 'intensifying concern' among women

“During the Repeal the Eighth campaign you stated that you trusted women… but your behaviour during this debacle suggests otherwise,” one letter said.

From TheJournal.ie Senior doctor warned Harris of 'dangerous' delays due to surge in demand for free smear rechecks CervicalCheck

Senior doctor warned Harris of 'dangerous' delays due to surge in demand for free smear rechecks

The letter says that there had been a delayed diagnosis after the results of a smear test taken in June were received in October.

From TheJournal.ie Concerns were raised by women in 1986 over waiting times for cervical smear tests results State Papers 1988

Concerns were raised by women in 1986 over waiting times for cervical smear tests results

19 women wrote to the then-Minister for Women’s Affairs and Family Law about the issue, State Papers reveal.

From TheJournal.ie CervicalCheck: Women have until end of this month to apply for free repeat test Reminder

CervicalCheck: Women have until end of this month to apply for free repeat test

Free repeat smear tests will end on 31 December.

From TheJournal.ie Vicky Phelan named one of world's most influential women of 2018 Bbc 100 Women

Vicky Phelan named one of world's most influential women of 2018

The activist said she is “so privileged” to be included on the BBC’s list.

From TheJournal.ie HSE recruiting trainers who will teach staff how to communicate with patients when things go wrong Open Disclosure

HSE recruiting trainers who will teach staff how to communicate with patients when things go wrong

‘Open disclosure’ made headlines in recent months due to the CervicalCheck controversy.

From TheJournal.ie 'Intense negotiations' ongoing between HSE and CervicalCheck labs before contracts expire Smear Tests

'Intense negotiations' ongoing between HSE and CervicalCheck labs before contracts expire

Existing contracts with two laboratories are due to expire this month.

From TheJournal.ie Scally 'satisfied' with quality of testing in CervicalCheck labs Smear Tests

Scally 'satisfied' with quality of testing in CervicalCheck labs

He also said how the families of the women affected were eventually told about the audit was “damaging, hurtful and offensive”.

From TheJournal.ie 'I woke up to a whitewash': Vicky Phelan hits out at leaking of CervicalCheck review Cancer

'I woke up to a whitewash': Vicky Phelan hits out at leaking of CervicalCheck review

“Information continues to be withheld from women and I will continue to fight back.”

From TheJournal.ie Vicky Phelan: Varadkar assured me the State will try to settle CervicalCheck cases out of court CervicalCheck

Vicky Phelan: Varadkar assured me the State will try to settle CervicalCheck cases out of court

The Limerick woman met the Taoiseach today.

From TheJournal.ie Man whose wife died after missed cancer diagnosis suing HSE and lab CervicalCheck

Man whose wife died after missed cancer diagnosis suing HSE and lab

Julie Dingivan was just 36 when she died last year.

From TheJournal.ie 'I regret any of this ever happened': Taoiseach says mediation in CervicalCheck cases not the 'holy grail' Smear Test Controversy

'I regret any of this ever happened': Taoiseach says mediation in CervicalCheck cases not the 'holy grail'

Leo Varadkar says he is open to the idea of the inquiry into the scandal being held in public.

From TheJournal.ie Ruth Morrissey's situation 'more hopeful' as doctors plan course of radical radiotherapy Cervical Check

Ruth Morrissey's situation 'more hopeful' as doctors plan course of radical radiotherapy

Ruth Morrissey has been told her cancer will progress to terminal within a year.

From TheJournal.ie Physical checks of 3,000 smear tests haven't started yet - they should have been done by June Cervical Check

Physical checks of 3,000 smear tests haven't started yet - they should have been done by June

It could be months before the slides are tested.

From TheJournal.ie Emma Mhic Mhathúna on €7.5m settlement: 'It makes a big difference for all women' CervicalCheck

Emma Mhic Mhathúna on €7.5m settlement: 'It makes a big difference for all women'

The terminally ill mother-of-five settled her case against the HSE and Quest Diagnostics.

From TheJournal.ie Women affected by CervicalCheck controversy 'borrowing money to get to healthcare appointments' Smear Tests This post contains videos

Women affected by CervicalCheck controversy 'borrowing money to get to healthcare appointments'

The women in question are afraid, angry and confused, Stephen Donnelly said.

From TheJournal.ie 'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech TERMINAL CANCER This post contains videos

'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech

Vicky said CervicalCheck and her gynaecologist spent 15 months arguing over whose responsibility it was to tell her about a HSE audit.

From TheJournal.ie Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere' Smear Tests

Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere'

Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has received government approval for the drafting of a Bill to establish an independent board for the HSE.

From TheJournal.ie HSE says 18 women affected by CervicalCheck controversy have died Smear Tests

HSE says 18 women affected by CervicalCheck controversy have died

The previous figure was 17 women.

From TheJournal.ie It's been a worrying two weeks - but please don't stop getting smear tests Cervical Check

It's been a worrying two weeks - but please don't stop getting smear tests

Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at UCD on why it’s vital for women to continue with the cervical screening programme right now.

From TheJournal.ie 'I had to collect my children from school and tell them that I’m dying': Emma Mhic Mhathúna CervicalCheck This post contains videos

'I had to collect my children from school and tell them that I’m dying': Emma Mhic Mhathúna

Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, has said “anyone who is found to have failed in their duty” will be held to account.

From TheJournal.ie Bereaved cervical cancer family: 'I want my Mammy. I just love her so much, I want her back.' Incorrect Smear Tests

Bereaved cervical cancer family: 'I want my Mammy. I just love her so much, I want her back.'

Irene Teap died last July, her family now know that two of her smears were incorrect.

From TheJournal.ie US laboratory wanted confidentiality clause in Vicky Phelan case CervicalCheck This post contains videos

US laboratory wanted confidentiality clause in Vicky Phelan case

A UK expert will lead the inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy.

From TheJournal.ie Vicky Phelan says CervicalCheck inquiry must be done urgently and in public Smear Tests

Vicky Phelan says CervicalCheck inquiry must be done urgently and in public

The Irish Cancer Society has said its helpline has been inundated with calls from women, some of whom are “extremely distressed”.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar confirms redress scheme for women affected by the smear test controversy CervicalCheck

Leo Varadkar confirms redress scheme for women affected by the smear test controversy

The Taoiseach said the government still do not know all the facts surrounding the CervicalCheck scandal.

From TheJournal.ie 'How did things get so bad?': Mother of five speaks out about delayed cancer diagnosis CervicalCheck This post contains videos

'How did things get so bad?': Mother of five speaks out about delayed cancer diagnosis

“When there’s cancer in the house, the children are always worrying if everything is okay.”

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar: 'I was never told about CervicalCheck scandal when I was health minister' Smear Tests

Varadkar: 'I was never told about CervicalCheck scandal when I was health minister'

The Taoiseach said he could not rule out a commission of investigation into the controversy in the future.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will you continue to use State cancer-screening programmes? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you continue to use State cancer-screening programmes?

Controversy has engulfed CervicalCheck in recent days.

From TheJournal.ie A timeline of the CervicalCheck controversy... and what will happen next Cervical Cancer

A timeline of the CervicalCheck controversy... and what will happen next

The case of one woman’s missed cancer diagnosis has become a major scandal for the HSE and government.

From TheJournal.ie Women over 45 'less likely to have smear tests' Cervical Cancer

Women over 45 'less likely to have smear tests'

The Irish Family Planning Association is this week encouraging women between 25 and 60 to go for free cervical smears.

From TheJournal.ie Older women not availing of important cervical cancer screenings - report Cervical Cancer

Older women not availing of important cervical cancer screenings - report

The National Cancer Screening Service has raised concerns about the low proportion of women aged over 50 who have availed of free screenings for cervical cancer.