'I don't know how they sleep' - Vicky blasts cancer docs


Harris took to Twitter to confirm the repeat tests.

The latest developments came less than two days after it was revealed that more than 200 reviews of tests suggested women with cervical cancer should have received "earlier intervention".

THE CLINICAL DIRECTOR of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly has informed the HSE that she is to stand aside from her position.

"I have chose to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.

It recently emerged that 206 women who developed cancer were wrongly given the all-clear, which was only discovered when their tests were re-examined after they were diagnosed.

In a statement issued by the HSE on Saturday night, Dr Flannelly said she was "sorry that recent events caused distress and worry" to women.

'I have sent in a senior team to CervicalCheck, they have pulled the files of all 206 women, these are women that would have been in 15 different hospitals around the country, a lot of different clinicians'.

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

The HSE is confident that, in keeping with the usual principles of natural justice, the Minister would expect that this peer review would be completed and appropriate procedures followed before there is any judgement passed on the role of the clinical and managerial leadership of the programme.

The HSE said the global peer review, agreed with Minister Simon Harris during this week, will determine any learnings and opportunities for improvement within the CervicalCheck Programme.

The Irish minister of health has said he "truthfully doesn't know" how many women have died from cervical cancer after incorrect smear test results.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Harris's Department of Health confirmed that it had advised CervicalCheck to arrange for additional smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System say they need them - at the cost of the State.

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.