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Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

She added: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the doctors, nurses and programme staff of Cervical Check for their continued hard work and commitment towards delivering a first-class service for the women of Ireland".

Professor Gráinne Flannelly, the clinical director of the Cervical Check programme, has announced she is standing down from her role.

The cervical screening test is sensitive and the nature of screening is not diagnostic, so tests can not always confirm the presence or absence of pre-cancerous changes.

The Irish Times reported on Saturday that Dr Flannelly had advised a Limerick gynaecologist to file some audited smear test results rather than to tell women in certain cases that all-clear smear tests they had received years earlier were wrong.

In a statement issued by the HSE on Saturday night, Dr Flannelly said she was "sorry that recent events caused distress and worry" to women. I have chose to step aside to allow the Programme to continue it's important work'.

"The HSE also said it was "considered essential" that the remaining members of CervicalCheck's leadership team remained in situ" while a peer review is carried out. Some of these women are now dead from cervical cancer.




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".

She revealed that Simon Harris had called her personally to apologise for the health service letting her down.

Mrs Phelan was recently awarded €2.5m in a High Court action against a USA laboratory, after being given the wrong smear test results, leading to a delay in her cancer diagnosis.

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

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.

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.