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Vicky Phelan has reached a settlement of €2.5m
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29 April, 2018

Dr Grainne Flannelly, clinical director at CervicalCheck, has resigned from her position after a smear test scandal revealed 206 women were wrongly misdiagnosed.

When she returned for a routine smear test three years later in 2014, she was told she had cervical cancer.

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.

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

The HSE also expressed confidence in that team to address the current concerns and said the review "will determine any learnings and opportunities for improvement within the CervicalCheck programme".

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.

Health Minister Simon Harris has sent in a hit squad to investigate CervicalCheck.

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The 43-year-old Limerick woman inspired many people when she took the decision to speak out about the cervical diagnosis she received in 2017, 6 years after a 2011 smear test which said she was cancer-free.

During the week, the Fine Gael TD announced that he is now organising for repeat smear tests to be arranged free of charge following the recent news that several cases of cervical cancer have gone misdiagnosed.

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

The Tánaiste apologised in the Dail to the Annacotty woman who was given incorrect test results and is now terminally ill with cervical cancer.

She was only informed of the misread test previous year, and her case only came to light in an audit after she had been diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014.

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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