Hundreds attend Cork cervical cancer protest

A campaign for accountability and change in relation to the Cervical Cancer controversy cannot afford to lose momentum with the women of the country needing to ensure that the issue is kept on the agenda, the organiser of a rally in Cork warned today.

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Smears fail 24 Cork women

Twenty-four women who attended the cancer centre at Cork University Hospital and 16 from University Hospital Waterford are among the 209 nationally who were failed by smear tests.

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Two women affected by CervicalCheck scandal yet to be contacted

Two women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal are yet to be contacted.

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Government satisfaction drops 7% following cervical screening scandal

Satisfaction with the Government has dropped by 7% in the past month to 37%.

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CervicalCheck Scandal: Medical records denied to two women

Two women with cervical cancer “who do not have time on their hands” have been refused their own medical records, the Dáil has heard.

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CervicalCheck Scandal: Chief medical officer defies calls to step down from position

Department of Health chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan has ignored calls to resign over the cervical cancer tests scandal by controversially claiming he would not be doing his job if he informed ministers of every health crisis.

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Latest: Interim HSE chief says those responsible for CervicalCheck failings will be held accountable

The interim Director General of the HSE has said individuals will be held accountable for failings in the CervicalCheck programme if required.

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Two more cervical cancer-cases come before High Court

Two more legal actions involving women suing over alleged delays relating to CervicalCheck smears have come before the High Court.

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CervicalCheck: 'If there is a requirement to hold individuals to account we will do so', interim head of HSE tells PAC

The interim director general of the HSE has said he has heard calls from Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap for up to 35 officials to be sacked for the cervical cancer tests scandal and will hold anyone responsible for what happened to account.

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Vicky Phelan: I shouldn’t be in this position

“If I do die, I do not want it to be in vain.”

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Opposition call for answers on disclosure move

Questions have been raised in the Dáil as to whether a decision not to introduce mandatory disclosure was linked to the CervicalCheck scandal.

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Simon Coveney: Stopping probes could ‘backfire’

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said the Government cannot direct Oireachtas committees to stop investigating the cervical cancer scandal, despite the concerns of an independent expert examining the crisis that the dual questioning is distracting witnesses.

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HSE was aware of US lab issues with smear tests in 2007

The HSE was aware of issues around the testing of cervical smear samples at labs in the US as far back as 2007, when a consultant pathologist in Cork University Hospital sought a review of samples that were given the all clear, despite patients being at risk of cervical cancer.

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Victims want 35 top officials removed from office

Two of the victims of the cervical cancer tests scandal have called on 35 senior HSE and Department of Health officials who knew what happened in 2016 to be removed from power while investigations take place.

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Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap call for health officials to step down

Thirty five of the country’s top health officials need to be removed from their posts while an inquiry takes place into the smear tests scandal, terminally ill mother Vicky Phelan has said.

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Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap call for 35 health officials to be removed during CervicalCheck inquiry

Two of the most high-profile victims of the cervical cancer tests scandal have called on 35 senior HSE and Department of Health officials who knew what happened in 2016 to be removed from power while investigations take place.

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Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap accuse health officials of 'cover-up' in strong speeches to PAC

Latest: Two of the most high-profile victims of the cervical cancer tests scandal have called on 35 senior HSE and Department of Health officials who knew what happened in 2016 to be removed from power while investigations take place, writes Fiachra O'Cionnaith.

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Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap accuse health officials of 'cover-up' in strong speeches to PAC

Latest: Two of the most high-profile victims of the cervical cancer tests scandal have called on 35 senior HSE and Department of Health officials who knew what happened in 2016 to be removed from power while investigations take place, writes Fiachra O'Cionnaith.

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Tánaiste: Govt cannot stop Oireachtas committees investigating CervicalCheck scandal

Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said the Government cannot order Oireachtas committees to stop investigating the cervical cancer scandal, despite concerns an independent expert examining the crisis the dual questioning is distracting witnesses.

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Women refused cervical audit results in 2016

CervicalCheck refused to provide information to two concerned women who directly contacted the service in 2016, it has been revealed.

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Vicky Phelan among a number of victims to speak before Oireachtas Committee on CervicalCheck scandal

A number of victims of the CervicalCheck scandal will speak before an Oireachtas Committee later.

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Vicky Phelan and Irene Teap widower to meet PAC over cancer test scandal

Cervical cancer victim Vicky Phelan and the widower of Irene Teap, who lost her life due to the same scandal, will attend a special Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting today to highlight what questions they still have over the crisis.

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Varadkar hits out at ‘absence of care’ for women

The Taoiseach has hit out at the “absence of any concern or care” from CervicalCheck to women kept in the dark over smear screening audits.

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Government to re-establish board to oversee HSE

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has claimed the return of the HSE board will ensure a new era of health service accountability — despite opposition warnings that no service “on the planet” could cope with the constant changes to the system.

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Women refused cervical audit results

CervicalCheck refused to provide information to two concerned women who directly contacted the service in 2016, it has been revealed.

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18 deaths now linked to smear test crisis

The number of deaths in relation to the cervical screening scandal has risen to 18.

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US lab involved in cervical cancer smear tests scandal threatened legal action against HSE

One of the US laboratories involved in the cervical cancer smear tests scandal threatened to take legal action against health service officials if they told doctors about what happened.

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Latest: Two more women affected by CervicalCheck controversy contacted by HSE

The HSE has contacted two more women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.

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Number of deaths in CervicalCheck controversy rises to 18

The number of women who have died in the CervicalCheck controversy has risen to 18.

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Why HSE must mean health serves everyone... we must start again

Now is the time for fundamental reform. Now is the time for a massive shake-up of our health system, writes Fergus Finlay.

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'My children will have some comfort that their mammy matters': Watch as hundreds rally for Emma Mhic Mhathúna

Up to 400 people, most of them women, turned out in the Square in Tralee this evening in a show of support for Emma Mhic Mhathúna, the 37-year-old mother of five, whose cervical cancer was missed.

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Latest: Government ministers decline to express confidence in medical officer after CervicalCheck scandal

Two senior government ministers have declined to express their confidence in the State’s Chief Medical Officer in light of the cervical cancer scandal.

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Shush now and don’t be making a fuss

I once received a card of a cartoon stick man standing on top of a flattened cartoon stick woman.

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Tragic results of decisions being made and turfed over the wall

The point at which the communications people are brought in to any crisis is pivotally important, as is the brief they’re given.

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Top health officials face PAC grilling

Senior health officials are to be grilled to establish who knew what and when about damning CervicalCheck memos.

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CervicalCheck scandal victim identified

A Fermoy man has revealed that his late wife is one of the 17 women identified by the HSE as having died after a review found they were mistakenly given the all-clear for cancer.

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Brendan Howlin defends HSE chief’s departure package

Brendan Howlin, who was public expenditure minister when Tony O’Brien was appointed head of the HSE, has defended his departure package.

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5,849 calls returned, HSE's Cervical Check Audit reveals

The HSE's latest Cervical Check Audit report shows it has contacted most of the women affected by the controversy.

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Costs of dealing with medical negligence cases in past five years pushes State Claims Agency bill to €1.68bn

The soaring costs of dealing with medical negligence cases over the past five years has helped push the bill at the State Claims Agency across all claims to over €1.68bn since its inception in 2001.

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CervicalCheck scandal: Most of the 209 women in audit contacted

LATEST: Most of the women affected by the Cervical Check audit have now been contacted.

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Former HSE chief Tony O’Brien won’t face financial penalty

Outgoing HSE director general Tony O’Brien will have the full terms of his contract honoured, despite leaving his post early.

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Poor accountability at core of CervicalCheck scandal

Accountability for grave errors is rare but don’t expect things to change any time soon, says Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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Package of supports for CervicalCheck scandal women  announced

Women impacted by the CervicalCheck scandal are to receive a package of supports including discretionary medical cards, travel and childcare expenses, and counselling services.

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Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris back chief medical officer

The Taoiseach and the Health Minister have expressed full confidence in Tony Holohan as pressure mounts on him to resign.

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GPs fear drop in CervicalCheck testing take-up

Family doctors say they are “seriously concerned” that the undermining of the CervicalCheck screening programme will put off women from using it.

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‘Anger’ but no more heads to roll in cervical smear scandal

The Taoiseach and the Health Minister have defended the Department of Health’s chief medical officer, despite the fact that he kept details of the cervical smear scandal from them for two years.

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Watch: Tony O'Brien posts video message telling HSE staff to 'remain focused'

Latest:Tony O'Brien has posted a video bidding farewell to the staff of the HSE and telling them to "remain focused on the important work" they do.

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Watch: Tony O'Brien posts video message telling HSE staff to 'remain focused'

Latest:Tony O'Brien has posted a video bidding farewell to the staff of the HSE and telling them to "remain focused on the important work" they do.

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Daniel McConnell: We thought we were shock-proof — this proves us wrong

Emma Mhic Mhathúna’s story started off a day during which the HSE boss made jaw-dropping revelations, writes Political Editor Daniel McConnell.

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Gender imbalance has persisted for too long

Diagnosed with stage 3 cervical cancer, like most females I also had to battle a systematic culture of sexist bullying in the workplace, and the time has come to say enough is enough.

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‘Don’t go anywhere Mammy, do you not love me?’

“I’m dying. I don’t even know if my little baby is going to remember me.” These were the words of mother-of-five Emma Mhic Mhathúna yesterday.

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How many more must die before we get to the truth?

Tony O’Brien, the embattled director general of the Health Service Executive last night bowed to mounting political pressure over the smear test scandal and resigned.

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Father of five feels ‘robbed’ after wife died of cervical cancer despite all-clear smear test

John’s youngest son improvises on Mother’s Day and makes a card instead for his dad, while his classmates make cards for their mums.

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HSE boss O’Brien was told of CervicalCheck audit PR plan

HSE boss Tony O’Brien saw three memos as far back as early 2016 which confirmed a process was underway to tell women about their misdiagnosis and also to inform him a “communications protocol” was in place.

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Four breast cancer sufferers are suing State over ‘misdiagnosis’

At least four women who have developed breast cancer are suing the State over allegations that BreastCheck failed to diagnose their condition.

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HSE Director Tony O'Brien announces resignation amid cervical smear controversy

Tony O'Brien has announced he will be stepping down as Director General of the HSE.

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Latest: Memos 'not brought to the attention of any Minister for Health', Department says

Latest: The Department of Health has said that documents relating to the CervicalCheck audit "were not brought to the attention of any Minister for Health".

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Latest: Memos 'not brought to the attention of any Minister for Health', Department says

Latest: The Department of Health has said that documents relating to the CervicalCheck audit "were not brought to the attention of any Minister for Health".

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Update: President Michael D Higgins to meet with terminally-ill Emma Mhic Mhathúna

Latest: President Michael D Higgins is set to intervene in the cervical cancer tests scandal, saying he will meet with Emma Mhic Mhathúna after her heart-breaking news she has terminal cancer, writes the Irish Examiner's Fiachra Ó Cionnaith.

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CervicalCheck scandal dominates Leader's Questions amid fresh calls for HSE chief's resignation

The tragic case of a terminally ill mother-of-five from Kerry dominated Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, amid fresh calls for HSE chief Tony O'Brien to resign.

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'She put up one hell of a fight for her life' - man feels 'robbed' after losing wife to cervical cancer

A Kildare man who lost his wife to cervical cancer has said he feels "robbed".

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Outgoing HSE Director Tony O’Brien: Who would want my job?

The embattled outgoing chief of the health service said he doubts anyone else will want his €186,000-a-year job.

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Cabinet meeting hears it would 'cost too much' to sack HSE boss

Three women out of 10 who had taken cases against the State in circumstances similar to Vicky Phelan have died, it emerged yesterday.

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Bereaved families bring cases, similar to Vicky Phelan's, against US labs

The families of three women who died after receiving false smear test results are among 10 pending cases similar to that of Vicky Phelan.

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British expert to lead cancer inquiry

A British health expert who investigated abuse at the Winterbourne care home for the disabled will head up the scoping inquiry into the misinterpretation of cancer tests in Ireland.

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Sinn Féin: Varadkar protecting old boys’ club

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Health Minister Simon Harris are protecting an “old boys’ club” which runs this State despite it costing the lives of women, the Dáil has heard.

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Harris fails to voice faith in O’Brien

Minister for Health Simon Harris twice declined to express confidence in the director general of the Health Service Executive (HSE), Tony O’Brien.

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US hospital reviews smears read by lab at centre of Phelan case

A US hospital has launched a full review of smear tests screened by the medical company which paid €2.5m to Vicky Phelan as concern grows across the Atlantic about the accuracy of testing.

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Captaining the Titanic a more appealing option than Health

Those bubbles might once have been sound bites, now they are the foam formed by a minister gulping for air, writes Gerard Howlin

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Even when Tony O’Brien has quit, nothing will change in the HSE

Who will appoint the next CEO of the HSE? To whom will that person report? What will be different?

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CervicalCheck boss: Inform just three of 10 women

The former head of CervicalCheck recommended just three of 10 women with cervical cancer whose cases she reviewed be informed that they were part of a smear audit.

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CervicalCheck helpline fails to call back 75% of people

The HSE helpline set up to reassure women with cervical cancer concerns failed to respond to three-quarters of callers as of yesterday.

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Progress on corporate manslaughter laws frozen

The Government is blocking long-sought corporate manslaughter laws that would potentially see senior officials responsible for the cervical cancer tests scandal and other crises jailed because “the system is looking after itself”, it has been claimed.

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‘Answers’ for cancer victim’s husband

The husband of a woman who was twice given incorrect smear test results and who subsequently died of cervical cancer deserves answers and all the support the State can offer, the Tánaiste said yesterday.

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Cancer review to focus on lab quality

The Government’s cervical cancer tests scandal review will examine serious fears that the State failed to ensure the quality of the labs to which it outsourced services — but may delay its findings until the end of June.

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Disneyland trip was ‘very best medicine’ - Irene Teap before she died of cervical cancer

Irene Teap wrote of how the joy on her two sons’ faces on a family trip to Disneyland was “the very best medicine” just two months before she died of cervical cancer.

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O’Brien to quit HSE position 4 weeks early

HSE director general Tony O’Brien is set to quit his post four weeks earlier than planned amid calls from victims of the cervical cancer tests scandal, Opposition politicians, and at least one Government TD, for him to resign or be fired immediately.

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Bereaved husband considering legal action says HSE boss must go

The husband of a woman who was twice given incorrect smear test results and subsequently died of cervical cancer has called for HSE boss Tony O’Brien to be sacked or resign — and has not ruled out suing the State for what happened.

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This is a country that always looks away

Two years ago, there was an attempt at a legal catch-up on a scandal that dated from the early 1990s.

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HSE to pay Vicky Phelan’s treatment bill but three others being denied settlements

The HSE has agreed to pay the €150,000-a-year cost of treatment for cervical cancer victim Vicky Phelan — but is still denying other women settlements along with a US lab at the centre of the scandal.

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Details on terminally ill patients unavailable

The HSE has refused to say how many of the 208 women known to have been affected by the cervical cancer tests scandal are terminally ill, saying the information is unavailable.

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Phelan case brings up questions about Ireland's ‘attitude to women’ - Emily Logan

The Human Rights Commissioner has said the CervicalCheck scandal is the latest in a long history of cases where institutional interests were put ahead of those of the individual, and again raises questions about Ireland’s attitude to women.

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Smear test inquiry must be ‘prompt and public’

The woman who exposed the cervical cancer screening scandal is adamant that she wants investigations into the affair to be held in public.

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Women ‘can have confidence’ in screening

Women can have confidence in the national cervical screening programme, the Department of Health’s chief medical officer, Dr Tony Holohan, has said.

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Phelan case wasn’t flagged to Cabinet

Vicky Phelan’s case against the HSE and a US laboratory was not on a list of sensitive legal actions that is presented to the Cabinet on a regular basis.

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Door left open for public cancer inquiry; Inquiries cost State €500m

The Government is “open to” changing legislation to guarantee any investigation into the cervical screening scandal is carried out in public.

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Review of up to 3,000 cancer patients’ tests

Up to 3,000 women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer over the last decade will have their tests audited and reviewed by the end of May.

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TDs seek scoping exercise ahead of cancer-screening investigation terms

Opposition TDs want a scoping exercise carried out into the cancer screening scandal ahead of draft terms for a commissioner of investigation being agreed.

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Solicitor: ‘Review should not just be limited to cervical testing’

A solicitor representing another woman who was diagnosed with cancer after receiving an incorrect smear test result believes the scandal is far broader than just cervical screenings.

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At least 10 more legal actions over cancer screening scandal

At least 10 more women have begun legal actions over the cancer screening controversy as pressure mounts on the Government to launch a full inquiry.

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Pledge to settle cancer cases ‘quickly’

Women suing the State over inaccurate cervical cancer screening tests will not be dragged through the courts.

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Calls for HSE director general to resign or be fired

Calls have been made for the resignation of HSE director general Tony O’Brien in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal or for the Taoiseach to remove him.

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Briefing note to Health Minister: Vicky Phelan’s case ‘not a patient safety issue’

The head of the national cancer control programme played down concerns about cancer patient Vicky Phelan’s case, advising it was not a “patient safety” matter.

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Alan Kelly: We must get answers from past health ministers

All former health ministers stretching back over the last 15 years could be hauled before a cross-party Oireachtas committee to answer questions on the cervical cancer tests scandal.

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Simon Harris mulls full-scale investigation as number of women affected could now be ‘double’

Health Minister Simon Harris could bow to mounting pressure and replace the Government’s planned cervical cancer test Hiqa-led inquiry with a full-scale commission of investigation after revealing the number of women affected could be “double” what was previously believed.

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Nurses given no formal guidance on smear-test crisis

Nurses who carry out smear tests on behalf of CervicalCheck have received no formal guidance from the national screening programme about how to handle the current crisis.

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Legislation — as promised — is the only way for open disclosure

Legal change wouldn’t ever have come in time for Vicky Phelan, but its implementation, when promised, may have influenced the handling of her case, writes Gerard Howlin

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3,000 women may be caught up in cervical cancer scandal

A week after the lid was lifted on the cervical cancer scandal, the Government still does not know the number of women adversely affected.

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HSE confirms at least 17 of 208 affected by cervical cancer tests scandal have died

At least 17 of the 208 women affected by the escalating cervical cancer tests scandal have died amid growing fears over the true scale of what happened.

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Micheál Martin: Government knew of strategy to silence patient

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has claimed the Government knew of a strategy to block a cancer patient from speaking out about her misdiagnosis.

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Simon Harris ‘not ruling out’ significant cancer tests redress package

Health Minister Simon Harris is “not ruling out” a multimillion-euro cervical cancer tests compensation scheme despite confirming cabinet will not fast-track the redress packages at its meeting today.

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Expert warned against cancer test outsourcing

The outgoing director general of the HSE was warned more than a decade ago that outsourcing the analysis of cervical cancer screening results could lead to the type of crisis which has now engulfed the system.

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Simon Harris says cancer redress ‘will not be fast tracked’

The Government will not fast-track a compensation scheme for hundreds of women affected by the cervical cancer scandal despite 17 women dying.

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