Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results

A 43-year-old woman who was given mistaken test outcomes and is now critically ill with cervical cancer has settled her High Court activity against a U.S. lab for €2.5m.

Asked if any of the women had died, she said: "This is not information kept by CervicalCheck".

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.

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

Prof Flannelly is said to have informed the HSE of her decision yesterday evening. They will investigate if all 206 women were told by hospital doctors that they should have been called back for their cancer screening test to be checked.

Fianna Fail health spokesman Stephen Donnelly said the Government still has many questions to answer over the handling "of a litany of errors relating to the cervical cancer screening programme".

"In the interests of meeting the needs of the women who rely on the CervicalCheck Programme, the HSE acknowledges that the programme's leadership is completely focused on working as part of the HSE's Serious Incident Management Team to address the current concerns", it added.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now reviewing cases from hundreds of women in Ireland who may have been wrongly given negative results by the national cervical cancer screening programme.

Mooncoin woman, Vicky Phelan says at least three women affected by incorrect smear test results have contacted her.

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.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced plans to organise repeat smear tests at the cost of the state following the news of several misdiagnosed cervical cancer cases.

Minister Harris did say he has every confidence in the screening process, which he said saved lives.

A portion of the monies will be paid into court and be held for the couple's two children who are now aged seven and 12.

  • Sylvester Abbott