Ireland Confirmed: 221 women affected by cervical screening scandal

17:05  05 july  2018
17:05  05 july  2018 Source:   independent.ie

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Irish women and families affected by the cervical cancer controversy are to receive a payment of 2,000 euro ( £1,764) following the publication of a report into the scandal . – A guarantee for women that they will have full and open access to their cervical screening record on request.

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Emma Mhic Mhathúna © Independent.ie Emma Mhic Mhathúna THE HSE has confirmed that 12 more women have been affected by the cervical screening scandal.

That brings the number of women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer after earlier smear tests were read incorrectly to 221.

The smears were subject to a clinical audit following their diagnosis but many of the women affected were not informed of the review or the outcome.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna from Baile na nGall, Co. Kerry, pictured speaking to the media on leaving the Four Courts after the settlement of a High Court action © Independent.ie Emma Mhic Mhathúna from Baile na nGall, Co. Kerry, pictured speaking to the media on leaving the Four Courts after the settlement of a High Court action HSE interim director general John Connaghan confirmed the figure at this morning's meeting of the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

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At least 17 of these women have since died, Irish officials said, although they added that they could not confirm the causes of death. In all, some 1,400 women developed cervical cancer after previously testing negative in smear tests during the 2010-2014 period.

Irish women and families affected by the cervical cancer controversy are to receive a payment of 2,000 euro ( £1,764) following the publication of a report into the scandal . – A guarantee for women that they will have full and open access to their cervical screening record on request.

It came in response to questions from Labour TD Alan Kelly.

Vicky Phelan © Press Association Vicky Phelan The controversy over the CervicalCheck service began at the end of April when Limerick mother-of-two Vicky Phelan was awarded €2.5m in a High Court settlement with a US lab after she got an incorrect smear test result.

Last week another terminally-ill woman Emma Mhic Mhathúna - a mother-of-five - settled her case against the HSE and a US lab for €7.5m.

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan admitted she was © Provided by Irish Independent Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan admitted she was "overwhelmed" to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Limerick. Photo: Mark Condren Mr Connaghan also told the PAC that there are now 35 active legal claims being dealt with in relation to the screening service.

He said three cases have also been settled and there are two additional potential cases.

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