Minister Told Vicky Phelan's Case Not Patient Safety Issue

Minister Told Vicky Phelan's Case Not Patient Safety Issue

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer around the same time, but she only found out about that review past year.

Seventeen women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy have died, the HSE has confirmed.

The Texas-based lab which distributes CervicalCheck's smear test results will pay the settlement.

The revelations come following revelations about the case of cancer patient Vicky Phelan.

Simon Harris was given media advice for how to comment on the case when it went through court or settled, being told to acknowledge the severe distress this case had put on Vicky Phelan and her family.

O'Brien was head of the National Cancer Screening Programme when smear test analysis were outsourced to the United States in 2008.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O'Reilly has said Tony O'Brien's reaction to the CervicalCheck scandal "stretches credibility".

The Health Service Executive (HSE) said 162 of the 208 women affected by the CervicalCheck screening row were not told that a review had been conducted of their case or of the outcome. "By God am I going to take these guys on, I think it's disgraceful".

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The cause of death of those 17 women is not yet known.

Following news released at a HSE briefing on Monday that confirmed 162 of the women who'd been affected had not yet been told their fate, the Irish Cancer Society then shared the news that they'd requested an urgent meeting with the Minister for Health Simon Harris to seek clarity on a number of items surrounding the scandal.

A helpline, which has been established by the HSE, has received more than 6,000 calls. He is expected to discuss this issue with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the coming days.

Mr Harris also said he is appointing an global clinical panel. "But her courage and tenacity has done a great service to the women of Ireland and her actions will ultimately lead to improvements for all", he said.

Solicitor Cian O'Carroll, who represented Ms Phelan, has said the latest revelations are "shocking" and described CervicalCheck's conduct as appalling.

Ms Phelan said she was contacted by the Taoiseach's press adviser on Tuesday evening asking to arrange a private meeting."I said yes, I would meet him in principle, but I'm trying to concentrate on my treatment which I have to go to this week and said that I would get back to him", she said.

By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.

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