Cancer controversy: director of CervicalCheck stands down
- Author: Marjorie Miles Apr 29, 2018,
Apr 29, 2018, 21:38
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.
"I have chose to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.
The HSE thanked Dr Flannelly in a statement, saying that "she has helped to introduce a programme that has saved the lives of countless women in Ireland through screening and early intervention and who would otherwise have died from cervical cancer".
The HSE also expressed confidence in that team to address the current concerns and said the review "will determine any learnings and opportunities for improvement within the CervicalCheck programme".
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. She this week settled her High Court action for €2.5 million against a U.S. laboratory over the 2011 smear test.
It recently emerged that 206 women who developed cancer were wrongly given the all-clear, which was only discovered when their tests were re-examined after they were diagnosed.
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A check on the medical files of 206 women with cervical cancer is expected to find "several" who were not told by their doctors that their smear test had produced a false negative result, say senior government sources.
Solicitor for Ms Phelan, Cian O'Carroll, told RTÉ's This Week that the defence documents lodged in the court case by the State contradict the terms of the apology issued last week.
By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.
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.
Harris took to Twitter to confirm the repeat tests.
It follows the recent controversy over smear test results.