Ireland 'She could be my sister or one of my friends' - Taoiseach becomes emotional speaking about terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna

14:10  12 may  2018
14:10  12 may  2018 Source:   independent.ie

'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children'

  'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children' 'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children'Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was told she had second-stage cervical cancer in 2016 - despite a smear test in 2013 coming back clear.

'Disgusting test error a robbery of life for me and my five children' Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was told she had FIANNA FÁIL’S DEPUTY leader Dara Calleary’s voice wavered as he became visibly upset speaking about Emma Mhic Mhathúna ’s interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today.

“The Government needs to go; they’re not actually capable of minding us. I ’m dying and I didn’t need to die,” said Emma Mhic Mhathúna , a 37-year-old mother of five who was told this week that she is terminally ill . I thought surely the Taoiseach will, but he seems to be sticking up for them.

Ireland's Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar looks on at a news conference at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne © Provided by Irish Independent Ireland's Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar looks on at a news conference at Government Buildings in Dublin, Ireland December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne Taoiseach Leo Varadkar became emotional when asked if there was anything he would like to say to terminally ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna.

The mother-of-five who has been caught up in the cervical screening controversy has spoken in heart breaking terms on the impact it has had on her and her family.

Mr Varadkar said today: "I just don't think there are any words that anyone can say... certainly there are no words that I can say that can give her comfort at this time."

'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test

  'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test A MOTHER of five who was given incorrect smear tests results and went on to develop cancer has now been told she has cancer again, and it is terminal. Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday – just over a week after she was told she was one of the 209 women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal.Speaking to the Irish Independent from her home in Kerry, she said she was just coming to grips with the knowledge that she need not have developed cancer at all, when she was dealt this blow.“I’m back to being numb. I was only coming back down to earth after last week and now I’m back in a whirlwind.

President Michael D Higgins has said he plans to meet Emma Mhic Mhathúna , a 37-year-old mother-of-five who was told this week she is terminally ill . “So then I was like: ‘Surely the Taoiseach is going to do something!’ And he just seems to be sticking up for them.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna is one of scores of Irish women who were wrongly told they had normal smear tests through the CervicalCheck screening programme, prompting the Government to set up a scoping inquiry into the scandal. This week she was told she is terminally ill .

And he became emotional when he said: "She's 37-years old, roughly my age, could be my sister, could be one of my friends.

"She has young children - it could be my nephews. "'m going to my nephew's communion tomorrow. When I see them I see those kids as well," he added.

His remarks came at a press conference where the government confirmed a range of measures to offer additional support for the those affected by the cervical cancer scandal.

The Taoiseach again apologised to those affected by the scandal and said that the Government is determined to get to the bottom of the issue.

He confirmed the state will take over the remaining cases and endeavour to deal with the remaining cases sensitively and via mediation.

Medical cards will be offered to all women or their next of kin. The Government will also cover the cost of drug treatments, including experimental treatment.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: 'I don't even know if my little baby is going to remember me'

  Emma Mhic Mhathúna: 'I don't even know if my little baby is going to remember me' Emma Mhic Mhathúna: 'I don't even know if my little baby is going to remember me'A-MOTHER-of five who was given incorrect smear tests results and went on to develop cancer has given a powerful interview about how the shock diagnosis has robbed her of a future with her children.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday – just over a week after she Speaking to the Irish Independent from her home in Kerry, she said she was Ms Mhic Mhathúna is angry at the lack of action from the Government and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar since Limerick woman

Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday – just over a week after she Ms Mhic Mhathúna is angry at the lack of action from the Government and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar since Limerick woman Vicky Phelan “This could be anyone, it could be you, my daughter, anyone.

Each affected family will be met and an individual package will be agreed upon which may also include childcare and transport costs which can be covered.

Health minister Simon Harris said that whatever resources are needed for the help being offered will be provided.

He announced that there government has appointed senior HSE official John Connaghan as interim HSE director general following Tony O'Brien's departure.

Mr Connaghan was deputy director general and chief operations officer and previously held senior positions in NHS Scotland.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna © Provided by Irish Independent Emma Mhic Mhathúna

Both Mr Varadkar and Mr Harris said that they had been unaware of controversial HSE memos about the audit of the cervical check screening programme sent to the Department of Health in 2016.

The memos included warnings of negative headlines that may result from the audit.

'It seared the soul of our country': Emotional scenes as Emma Mhic Mhathúna's interview raised in the Dáil

  'It seared the soul of our country': Emotional scenes as Emma Mhic Mhathúna's interview raised in the Dáil 'It seared the soul of our country': Emotional scenes as Emma Mhic Mhathúna's interview raised in the DáilFIANNA FÁIL’S DEPUTY leader Dara Calleary’s voice wavered as he became visibly upset speaking about Emma Mhic Mhathúna’s interview on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland today.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37), who was one of the 209 women caught up in the And then I was like surely the Taoiseach is going to do something, and he just seems to be sticking up for them. In my dream I had gone into Natasha's room and I was trying to wake up so I could say goodbye to her .

Speaking on Morning Ireland, 37-year-old Emma Mhic Mhathúna gave a shocking and powerful interview about having to tell her children that she is dying. And then I was like surely the Taoiseach is going to do something, and he just seems to be sticking up for them.

The Department of Health confirmed last night that the memos had been sent to chief medical officer Tony Holohan.

Mr Varadkar and Mr Harris both expressed confidence in Mr Holohan today, despite the memos not being brought to their attention at the time.

Separately, Minister for Health Simon Harris announced that John Connaghan will carry out the role of Director General of the HSE following the decision of Tony O’Brien to step down.

"I have now designated John Connaghan to carry out the functions of the Director General of the HSE pending a recruitment process which is to be conducted by the Public Appointments Service," Minister Harris said.

"John brings a wealth of senior healthcare management experience at an international level. He will be a tremendous resource in leading the HSE in challenging times. I want to thank John for taking on this interim role."

Mr Connaghan joined the HSE last August as the Deputy Director General and Chief Operating Officer having previously worked for NHS Scotland.

More to follow...

Varadkar 'crying for himself', not dead mothers and their children - Emma Mhic Mhathuna .
Varadkar 'crying for himself', not dead mothers and their children - Emma Mhic MhathunaThe mother-of-five said Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris had “failed” in answering the public emergency following the CervicalCheck scandal and it was now time for them to resign.

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