CervicalCheck knock-on delays will continue into 2021

CervicalCheck knock-on delays will continue into 2021

It will take until October to clear the backlog of cervical smear testing that built up while it was shut down for the Covid-19 pandemic.

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CervicalCheck appointments to be issued in July

CervicalCheck appointments to be issued in July

Dr Colm Henry of the HSE said the new HPV test would be used when screening started next month. Women will start receiving letters for a CervicalCheck screening appointment from July 6 and the HSE expects to clear a backlog that built up because of Covid-19 by October.

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Plans under way to restart screening services next month

Plans under way to restart screening services next month

The HSE has confirmed women identified as a priority for CervicalCheck screening will start receiving letters for an appointment from July 6.

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Vicky Phelan: Delay in resuming cancer screening services will cost lives

Vicky Phelan: Delay in resuming cancer screening services will cost lives

Health Minister Simon Harris said the Government is working on how it can resume screening services safely but has not given a date.

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CervicalCheck campaigner pulls story from smear test report

CervicalCheck campaigner pulls story from smear test report

Sharon Butler Hughes, from Stepaside, Dublin, said she wrote to the HSE about the matter and is exploring legal options.

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Cervical cancer should be eliminated in Ireland by 2050 - expert

Cervical cancer should be eliminated in Ireland by 2050 - expert

CervicalCheck is rolling out a new HPV screening programme by the end of next month.

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Further delays in Cervical Check service

Further delays in Cervical Check service

Thousands of women were given no follow-up cancer screening appointment while many more had their appointment deadline missed due to huge pressure on CervicalCheck services across the country, it has been revealed.

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'No limit' on the amount of compensation for those impacted by cervical cancer screening errors

'No limit' on the amount of compensation for those impacted by cervical cancer screening errors

There will be no limit on the amount of compensation which can be awarded to women and families impacted by cervical cancer screening errors, the Taoiseach has said.

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€2,000 payout for misread smears

€2,000 payout for misread smears

The Department of Health expects a €2,000 payment will be granted “early in the new year” to women whose cervical smears were misread.

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Stephen Donnelly: Cancer victims ‘should not have to wait’ for payment

Stephen Donnelly: Cancer victims ‘should not have to wait’ for payment

A TD has demanded that the €2,000 ex-gratia payment to over 159 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy be paid immediately.

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Missing slides made no 'material difference' to CervicalCheck findings, RCOG insist

Missing slides made no 'material difference' to CervicalCheck findings, RCOG insist

At a meeting of the Oireachtas committee on health, Solidarity-People Before Profit TD, Bríd Smith, said many of the missing slides had serious misreadings.

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‘Remarkable coincidence’ Lorraine Walsh and Vicky Phelan smear results were mixed up, hearing told

‘Remarkable coincidence’ Lorraine Walsh and Vicky Phelan smear results were mixed up, hearing told

The Health Committee heard from representatives from the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians.

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Patient advocates to call for independent individual reviews for women in CervicalCheck scandal

Patient advocates to call for independent individual reviews for women in CervicalCheck scandal

Those impacted have demanded individual independent reviews of their smear screening, cytological and clinical history after the publication of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) review.

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Taoiseach intervenes to ensure all women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal get €2,000 ex-gratia payment

Taoiseach intervenes to ensure all women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal get €2,000 ex-gratia payment

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has directly intervened to ensure all women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal receive a €2,000 ex-gratia payment.

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Varadkar to ensure all women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal receive €2,000 ex-gratia payment

Varadkar to ensure all women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal receive €2,000 ex-gratia payment

The Taoiseach has directly intervened to ensure all women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal receive a €2,000 ex-gratia payment.

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CervicalCheck: 'I feared legal action after letter' - Lorraine Walsh

CervicalCheck: 'I feared legal action after letter' - Lorraine Walsh

CervicalCheck campaigner Lorraine Walsh did not include serious concerns over a review of smear slides in her resignation letter, as she feared the Department of Health would take legal action against her.

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Department of Health blocks €2k to Cervical Check victims

Department of Health blocks €2k to Cervical Check victims

The Department of Health has blocked a €2,000 payment to the latest group of 250 women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal, who were added in the wake of this week’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) report.

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Harris denies displaying 'lack of empathy' with women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal

Harris denies displaying 'lack of empathy' with women impacted by CervicalCheck scandal

Health Minister Simon Harris has denied he displayed “a lack of empathy” with the women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal who recently learned that they had received incorrect results.

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Simon Harris claims some CervicalCheck victims are now friends

Simon Harris claims some CervicalCheck victims are now friends

Minister for Health Simon Harris has denied he displayed “a lack of empathy” with the women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal who recently learned that they had received incorrect results.

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CervicalCheck refuses to show staff turnover

CervicalCheck refuses to show staff turnover

CervicalCheck has refused to reveal the number of staff who have resigned or taken stress leave in the wake of the smear test controversy

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Simon Harris: CervicalCheck staff ‘subjected to abuse’

Simon Harris: CervicalCheck staff ‘subjected to abuse’

Health Minister Simon Harris has acknowledged the abuse and stress staff running CervicalCheck were subjected to in the wake of the controversy that rocked the national screening programme.

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Dr Ciarán Ó Riain: Cancer screening is not perfect, but we need it

Dr Ciarán Ó Riain: Cancer screening is not perfect, but we need it

Healthcare is not without flaws, but the system does its job. Ciarán Ó Riain calls for calm in the wake of the latest smear test review, which found that CervicalCheck works

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'I understand the anger': Consultant says CervicalCheck staff being subjected to 'damaging' abuse

'I understand the anger': Consultant says CervicalCheck staff being subjected to 'damaging' abuse

A consultant has warned that frontline staff with the CervicalCheck service are bearing the brunt of public anger and are being subjected to abuse and abusive language.

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Vicky Phelan backs Lorraine Walsh's decision to quit CervicalCheck committee

Vicky Phelan backs Lorraine Walsh's decision to quit CervicalCheck committee

Vicky Phelan reactivated her Twitter account last night to back Lorraine Walsh’s decision to quit the CervicalCheck steering committee.

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Taoiseach open to new smear test review

Taoiseach open to new smear test review

The Government is to consider funding a further independent review for women involved in the CervicalCheck scandal after a key patient advocate expressed no confidence in the process.

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'Mass distrust': Cervical Check losing staff due to stress

'Mass distrust': Cervical Check losing staff due to stress

All 15 of the doctors who oversee the running of CervicalCheck’s colposcopy services for women requiring further investigation following a smear test are considering resigning.

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Harris respects Lorraine Walsh's decision to resign from CervicalCheck committee

Harris respects Lorraine Walsh's decision to resign from CervicalCheck committee

The patient representative is quitting as she says she does not have confidence in the accuracy of a report into slides belonging to 1,000 women with cancer.

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Stephen Teap unhappy with Minister's 'lack of compassion' over CervicalCheck review findings

Stephen Teap unhappy with Minister's 'lack of compassion' over CervicalCheck review findings

Cervical cancer campaigner Stephen Teap has said he is not happy with the “lack of compassion” shown by the Minister for Health for the women who were given incorrect test results highlighted in the independent review of the CervicalCheck programme undertaken by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).

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CervicalCheck activist Lorraine Walsh quits panel

CervicalCheck activist Lorraine Walsh quits panel

A leading campaigner in the CervicalCheck scandal has quit a key oversight committee in frustration at how a review of women’s smear tests was conducted.

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'Missed opportunities' but CervicalCheck is effective, says review

'Missed opportunities' but CervicalCheck is effective, says review

There were “missed opportunities” to prevent or diagnose cancer in some women but, overall, Ireland’s cervical screening programme is performing effectively, according to an independent review by British doctors.

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Taoiseach: 'Another difficult day' for woman impacted by CervicalCheck following review

Taoiseach: 'Another difficult day' for woman impacted by CervicalCheck following review

Today will be "another difficult day" for women who have been impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal, the Taoiseach has told the Dáil.

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CervicalCheck review finds 159 cases of missed chances to prevent or diagnose cancer earlier

CervicalCheck review finds 159 cases of missed chances to prevent or diagnose cancer earlier

The review of 1,034 women's CervicalCheck slides has found that in around 30% of cases, it recorded a different result to the original finding.

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RCOG review of smear tests to be published

RCOG review of smear tests to be published

An independent review of the smear tests of more than 1,000 women who developed cervical cancer is due to be published today.

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Cancer researcher apologises for 'thoughtless' Vicky Phelan tweet

Cancer researcher apologises for 'thoughtless' Vicky Phelan tweet

A cancer researcher and science writer has apologised to Vicky Phelan for a "thoughtless" and "ill-judged" tweet about the cancer patient advocate.

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Vicky Phelan quits Twitter over online criticism

Vicky Phelan quits Twitter over online criticism

Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has quit Twitter over online criticism she suffered on Wednesday night.

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'I take offence' - Vicky Phelan hits back at Ciara Kelly's 'disrespectful' CervicalCheck article

'I take offence' - Vicky Phelan hits back at Ciara Kelly's 'disrespectful' CervicalCheck article

Cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has blasted radio presenter Ciara Kelly over a "disrespectful" article she wrote about those who sued over CervicalCheck.

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Concerns cervical screening programme report will escape proper scrutiny

Concerns cervical screening programme report will escape proper scrutiny

The CervicalCheck scandal in 2018 saw women with cervical cancer not informed that smear test results showing them to be clear were inaccurate.

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'Unacceptable' CervicalCheck report leaked to media before women received their results

'Unacceptable' CervicalCheck report leaked to media before women received their results

After a year of “moving the goalposts” on the publication of the CervicalCheck review, it is "unacceptable” parts of the report were leaked to the media before the women involved had their results, Labour has claimed.

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Simon Harris accused of 'moving the goalposts' on CervicalCheck review

Simon Harris accused of 'moving the goalposts' on CervicalCheck review

The Health Minister has been accused of "moving the goalposts" several times on a delayed CervicalCheck review.

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Cytopathologist apologises for smear test misinterpretation to woman who had hysterectomy

Cytopathologist apologises for smear test misinterpretation to woman who had hysterectomy

A cytopathologist has apologised in the High Court to a 39-year-old woman whose cervical smear test was incorrectly reported as negative but who later got cancer and had to have a hysterectomy.

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Campaigner Stephen Teap hits out at Harris for 'exploiting' patient representatives

Campaigner Stephen Teap hits out at Harris for 'exploiting' patient representatives

Simon Harris had promised that a new policy to remunerate and support patient advocates who give up their time to sit on boards and steering committees would be published by the end of this month at the very latest.

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Letter to the Editor: Apology is no good when women are dying

Letter to the Editor: Apology is no good when women are dying

I had a colposcopy at the start of September. The consultant advised the team I should have biopsies taken from my cervix, to be sent to a lab.

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Simon Harris 'not sure actually' if deceit over CervicalCheck scandal was deliberate

Simon Harris 'not sure actually' if deceit over CervicalCheck scandal was deliberate

The concealment of information from women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal was deceitful, but not necessarily deliberately so, Health Minister Simon Harris has said.

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Cervical smear scandal: An apology and a clear blueprint

Cervical smear scandal: An apology and a clear blueprint

It’s just over 20 years since, as taoiseach, Bertie Ahern apologised on behalf of the Irish people to those who had spent their childhood in a residential institutions run by one of 18 religious congregations.

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Dáil apology for ‘broken service, broken promises, broken lives’

Dáil apology for ‘broken service, broken promises, broken lives’

CervicalCheck campaigners have criticised the pace of change in the health service on the same day that a “watershed” State apology was delivered in the Dáil.

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Time for State to deliver for the women of Ireland

Time for State to deliver for the women of Ireland

A State apology was necessary, but the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and families caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal need to know that it will never happen again.

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Taoiseach apologises to those 'whose lives have been shattered' by CervicalCheck scandal

Taoiseach apologises to those 'whose lives have been shattered' by CervicalCheck scandal

The Taoiseach has formally apologised to the wives, daughters, sisters and mothers whose lives have been shattered as a result of the CervicalCheck scandal.

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Taoiseach apologises to those 'whose lives were shattered' over failures in cervical screening

Taoiseach apologises to those 'whose lives were shattered' over failures in cervical screening

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said women caught up in the cervical check cancer scandal suffered a "litany of failures" as he apologised for the lives that were "shattered" in the Dáil earlier today.

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Watch Live: Taoiseach apologises for 'disrespect and deceit' over CervicalCheck

Watch Live: Taoiseach apologises for 'disrespect and deceit' over CervicalCheck

The Taoiseach has addressed the Dáil and has made a formal State apology for the "the humiliation, the disrespect and the deceit" to the women and families impacted by the CervicalCheck controversy.

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Waiting times for smear test results reduced to six weeks

Waiting times for smear test results reduced to six weeks

The news follows a backlog of 80,000 tests which left some women waiting more than six months.

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 Smear test results waiting time down to 7 weeks

Smear test results waiting time down to 7 weeks

CervicalCheck is beginning to function as normal, with waiting times for smear results largely down to seven weeks from a record high of 33 weeks, when the smear test backlog hit 80,000.

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Stephen Teap believes CervicalCheck recommendations will be implemented - eventually

Stephen Teap believes CervicalCheck recommendations will be implemented - eventually

However, he says it will be some months before he will have full confidence in the screening programme in Ireland.

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Women to receive results of reviewed smears next week

Women to receive results of reviewed smears next week

Women with cervical cancer who consented to a review of their smear histories will learn from next week if the reviewed slides show findings at odds with what they were originally told.

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CervicalCheck women ‘unable to go public’ - Vicky Phelan

CervicalCheck women ‘unable to go public’ - Vicky Phelan

Cervical Check campaigner Vicky Phelan says some people caught up in the scandal have not been able to go public with their experiences because they are in the throes of “nasty” divorces or separations.

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Scally Review into CervicalCheck scandal cost over €1m

Scally Review into CervicalCheck scandal cost over €1m

This includes payments to lawyers, a communications agency and doctors.

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'The women of Ireland deserve better, I deserve better': CervicalCheck patient advocate responds to criticism

'The women of Ireland deserve better, I deserve better': CervicalCheck patient advocate responds to criticism

CervicalCheck patient advocate Lorraine Walsh has said that she will continue to fight for the women of Ireland following the revelation that she received a letter of criticism from the Department of Health's Chief Medical Officer.

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Department criticised for accusing CervicalCheck patient advocate of lying on social media

Department criticised for accusing CervicalCheck patient advocate of lying on social media

A letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan to Lorraine Walsh on March 13 accused her of making false statements on Twitter and in the media when she criticsed the management of the crisis.

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'Galling' that women must seek private testing over CervicalCheck delays, TD says

'Galling' that women must seek private testing over CervicalCheck delays, TD says

End the “ridiculous situation” where patients tested privately are denied treatment publicly, Fianna Fáil's John Brassil has told Health Minister, Simon Harris.

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Cork woman who underwent private smear test says CervicalCheck 'refused' to provide follow-up colposcopy

Cork woman who underwent private smear test says CervicalCheck 'refused' to provide follow-up colposcopy

Claire Healy Cashin paid to get her smear results quickly through the private health service, but she said the HSE will not offer her a colposcopy to follow it up through CervicalCheck as she was no longer within the public system.

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