Cancer controversy: director of CervicalCheck stands down

Cancer controversy: director of CervicalCheck stands down

Cancer controversy: director of CervicalCheck stands down

Saturday night saw the HSE confirmed that the clinical director of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly, had stepped down from her post effective immediately, in wake of the recent cervical cancer scandal.

The HSE said it wished to acknowledge Professor Flannelly and to formally thank her for "the enormous dedication, contribution and expert knowledge" that she brought to the CervicalCheck Programme over the past 12 years. They will investigate if all 206 women were told by hospital doctors that they should have been called back for their cancer screening test to be checked.

Harris took to Twitter to confirm the repeat tests.

"I have made a decision to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Vicky Phelan, reviews carried out by the State's national screening programme have shown that over 200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer should have received earlier intervention.

'I have sent in a senior team to CervicalCheck, they have pulled the files of all 206 women, these are women that would have been in 15 different hospitals around the country, a lot of different clinicians'.

He said earlier: "I have full confidence in the screening programme". In advance of the peer review being completed it is considered essential that the remainder of the leadership team of the programme remain in situ.

In addition to seeking detailed information about the state of her health, they also asked her to specifically prove that she was likely to die earlier than expected as a result of her mishandled smear test.

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

Ms Phelan revealed on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ 1 last night that Minster Harris rang her to personally apologise for what happened to her.

Minister for Health Simon Harris on Saturday told CervicalCheck to facilitate further smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System feel it is necessary.

€700,000 of today's settlement has already been earmarked for the couple's two young children.

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