Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results
Apr 30 2018
According to the HSE, nearly 1,500 cases of cervical cancer have been notified to the cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, since it began a decade ago.
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.
But three years later, a review found the results were incorrect.
The official defence documents filed by the HSE in Ms Phelan's case show that the state was also denying it had any duty of care towards her husband, who also took part in the action against the HSE and the USA lab which carried out the misread test.
By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.
This morning the court was told the case had now settled and the case against the HSE could be struck out with no order. "The Chair of the SIMT will present the review to the DG of the HSE".
The figures were released following the controversy surrounding Vicky Phelan (43), a mother of two from Limerick, who was given incorrect cancer results and is now terminally ill.
Professor Shepherd said in his opinion this delay was "most irregular" and absolutely should not happen.