‘Minister should have factored in Jade Goody effect before offering free smears’

Sinn Fein said the surge in women coming forward for cervical cancer checks was ‘entirely predictable’.

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Tánaiste: Introduction of HPV testing not being 'long-fingered'

The Tánaiste has dismissed suggestions that the switch to HPV testing to detect cervical cancer is "being long-fingered".

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Smear backlog delays HPV testing

The introduction of HPV testing is set to be delayed beyond this year as the HSE struggles to clear the 78,000 smear check backlog.

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Taoiseach acknowledges 'enormous anxiety' of women waiting for cervical cancer test results

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has acknowledged the “enormous anxiety” among women over the mounting cervical cancer test result delays, amid criticism over the government's free offer of repeat tests.

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'What if I'd been told earlier?' Women continue to wait for results amid CervicalCheck scandal

This is the question no one wants to have to ask when faced with concerning health results.

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Government acted with heart rather than head on free smear tests – Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar said the Government had been under enormous pressure to act following the CervicalCheck controversy

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Live: 'Inevitable' that some women will have abnormal smears, HSE head tells committee

It is "inevitable" that some women who are now waiting up to six months for Cervical Check results will have abnormal smears, the head of the HSE's Women and Infants Health Programme has warned.

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HSE contacts over 6,000 women about repeat cervical smear tests

The HSE has begun contacting up to 6,000 women, by phone and letter, about having a repeat cervical smear test because of delays in processing their original samples.

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75% of women affected by CervicalCheck scandal now cancer free

Three-quarters of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy are now cancer free.

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'It is heartbreaking, terrifying and unimaginable' - husband of cervical cancer victim Ruth Morrissey tells High Court

The husband of Ruth Morrissey who has cervical cancer today told the High Court it has been extremely tough for his family and it is like there is a dark cloud over them.

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Woman seriously ill with cancer resumes High Court case over alleged misreading of cervical smears

Limerick woman Ruth Morrissey who is seriously ill with cancer today resumed her High Court action over alleged misreading of her cervical smears.

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Cervical cancer victim who battled to be given life-saving treatment to be buried Wednesday

A young woman diagnosed with terminal cervical cancer, who battled to be given life-saving treatment, is to be buried on Wednesday.

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Doctors demand answers over cervical cancer test delay

A leading GP group is seeking an immediate meeting with HSE officials over the deepening cervical cancer tests crisis, due to widespread concern among its members over the number of tests being sent back because they have expired.

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Health Minister facing backlash over CervicalCheck Programme

Health Minister Simon Harris is facing backlash over the level of uncertainty regarding the CervicalCheck Programme.

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Cervical Check patient group says results backlog must be addressed

The group representing victims of the Cervical Check scandal says delays in screening test results must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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Anger at HSE as 6,000 women need repeat smear

The HSE has failed since October to produce a plan to tackle the Cervical Check backlog as advocates warn more women may die.

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How much scandal can the cervical cancer screening programme take?

The 6,000 women invited to undergo repeat tests will wonder why it’s only happening now, writes Catherine Shanahan.

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HSE knew about repeat smear tests in November, says Tánaiste

The HSE first became aware of thousands of women who will now need repeat smear checks as far back as November, the Tánaiste has told the Dáil.

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Harris accused of ‘putting head in the sand’ over latest CervicalCheck scandal

It comes after it emerged that 6,000 women will have to undergo repeat smear tests.

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Update: GP blames 'political and media hype' for six-month delay in smear results

The Health Minister Simon Harris has been strongly criticised over problems relating to delays in smear test results.

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‘Lives at risk’ as smear retests expire

Families affected by the cervical cancer tests scandal have warned women’s lives are still being put at risk after the Government admitted a thousand free checks given after the crisis are useless because of chronic delays in producing results

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Some smear tests offered in wake of CervicalCheck scandal need to be repeated, Taoiseach says

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dail that some checks arranged after the cervical cancer screening scandal have expired due to a backlog.

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Pembro drug to be offered to cervical cancer patients

Women suffering with cervical cancer are to be offered the drug Pembro for their treatment after a high profile campaign.

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Cervical cancer sufferer Orla Church laid to rest today

At 54, Orla Church is the latest woman to die of cervical cancer, having had two clear smear test results in 2011 and 2014. She was laid to rest today.

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CervicalCheck campaigner Orla Church dies

"Many of us got to meet and know Orla in the past months and she was just such a wonderfully courageous, strong and inspiring person."

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Free smear tests to cost State €10m

Free smear tests announced by the Government during the CervicalCheck crisis are set to cost €10m, the Public Accounts Committee has been told.

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Vicky Phelan warns Simon Harris there will be a 'parade of women' going to court

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan is calling on the Minister for Health Simon Harris to put more resources into the service otherwise “there will be a parade of women” going to court, she warned.

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Set up cancer compensation tribunal now, urges Vicky Phelan

The Government needs to act immediately to set up a compensation tribunal so that women terminally ill with cervical cancer can have their claims processed before it’s too late, according to cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan.

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Simon Harris backs Taoiseach over CervicalCheck criticism

Campaigner Vicky Phelan said she thought the Taoiseach is ‘all talk and no action’.

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Vicky Phelan says Taoiseach is 'all talk and no action' over CervicalCheck response

Vicky Phelan has strongly criticised the Taoiseach over the government’s response to the needs of cervical cancer patients since her exposing of the CervicalCheck scandal last year.

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TD calls for free follow-up smear test results to be issued immediately

A Fianna Fáil TD is demanding that women concerned they are victims of the cervical cancer tests scandal get their free follow-up smear test results immediately - saying she has been waiting four months for hers.

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CervicalCheck scandal compensation scheme expected to cost State €15m

The State compensation scheme for women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal is expected to cost up to €15m.

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State papers show smear test delays a concern in 1986

Concerns about delays in the results of smear tests for cervical cancer are not new.

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Cervical Check scandal is biggest regret of the year – Leo Varadkar

The CervicalCheck scandal saw 221 women with cervical cancer misinformed about smear test results.

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Vicky Phelan: ‘Cancer patients should not have to fight debt collectors’

Cancer patients should not have to fight debt collectors as well as an illness, says Vicky Phelan.

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CervicalCheck tribunal 'still an adversarial route', says Lorraine Walsh

The Cabinet has approved the appointment of Justice Mary Irvine as chair of the tribunal.

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High Court judge selected to chair independent cervical cancer tribunal

The Government has appointed a High Court judge to chair an independent tribunal on the cervical cancer tests controversy amid concerns that affected women are being blocked from accessing their files.

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Government to establish independent CervicalCheck tribunal

The Government has agreed to establish an independent statutory tribunal to deal with claims arising from CervicalCheck.

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Expert believes Minister should 'stick with system' after allowing all cervical cancer sufferers access to expensive drug

The head of the National Centre of Pharmaeconomics thinks the Minister for Health Simon Harris should “stick with the system” when it comes to approving access to expensive drugs.

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Anger at cancelled meeting on CervicalCheck scandal

Many women and families affected by the CervicalCheck scandal reacted with anger to the decision by Health Minister Simon Harris to cancel his meeting with them at short notice.

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Health Minister publishes Implementation Plan for CervicalCheck recommendations

The Health Minister Simon Harris has published the Implementation Plan for the recommendations of the Scally Report on the CervicalCheck Screening Programme.

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Woman with terminal cervical cancer will 'fight until last breath' for gagging clause ban

An Irish woman who won a successful battle against the Dutch health system after she was left with terminal cervical cancer because of hospital negligence has vowed to fight until her "last breath" to put a no gagging clause policy in place right across the EU.

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Vicky Phelan providing funds to pay for €2,000 test for women seeking access to ‘wonderdrug’

Ms Phelan said she has been providing the €2,000 cost of the test fee for a number of women, without which they might not be considered for the drug.

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Alan Kelly calls for women with cervical cancer to be given equal access to life-changing drug treatment

Women with cervical cancer must be given equal access to life-changing drug treatment immediately to extend their lives.

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Ruth Morrissey in High Court bid to seek key documents on CervicalCheck screening

37-year old Ruth Morrissey, who is suing over alleged misinterpretation of her cervical smears, today went to the High Court in a bid to get the HSE and two laboratories to hand over key documents relating to CervicalCheck screening.

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Judge warns 'great injustices will be caused' over delays in hearing CervicalCheck cases

A High Court judge today warned that people who have sued over alleged delays in cancer diagnosis and alleged misdiagnosis may have passed away before their cases are heard.

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Increase in uptake of HPV vaccine following CervicalCheck scandal

The CervicalCheck scandal has played a role in increasing the uptake of the HPV vaccine, it has emerged.

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Leo Varadkar: Drug trials or joint risk approach needed

Either trials of the drug used by cervical cancer survivor Vicky Phelan or a joint State-company risk approach to using it may be needed to ensure all women have equal access to the treatment, says Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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Delay in providing files is 'extra 'torture' for cervical cancer survivors

The HSE and the American labs at the centre of the cervical cancer scandal have been urged to speed up plans to give affected women their files, amid claims high court cases could be lodged by next week if nothing is done.

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Calls for women affected by CervicalCheck scandal to be given their files

The HSE and the US labs at the centre of the cervical cancer scandal have been urged to speed up plans to give affected women their files amid claims high court cases could be lodged by next week if nothing is done.

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Vicky Phelan named one of world’s top 100 women by BBC

Cervical cancer campaigner, Vicky Phelan, has been included in an international list of women of the year chosen in recognition of their outstanding contributions to society.

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Vicky Phelan named in BBC list of 100 'inspiring and influential women'

Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has been included in the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the globe for 2018.

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Govt cannot be allowed to forget cervical smear scandal, says Cork woman impacted by controversy

Official Ireland cannot be allowed to start 2019 with a fresh slate in relation to the cervical smear scandal with the HSE still needing to make massive efforts to rebuild trust and to make concrete change in medical care, according to one of the women impacted by the controversy.

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'Means so much to be asked': Vicky Phelan turns on Limerick's Christmas lights

"I didn’t think I’d be here, to be honest, at the start of the year.”

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Past can’t be fixed - but we can change the future, says husband of cervical cancer victim

I ask myself which is worse, the day Irene died or the day I found out Irene didn’t have to die, writes campaigner Stephen Teap, whose wife was mistakenly given the all clear in smear tests.

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Tribute to be paid to Emma Mhic Mháthúna at Maynooth graduation ceremony

A tribute will be paid to the late Emma Mhic Mháthúna at St. Patrick's College in Maynooth later today.

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Cervical cancer tests compensation cost will exceed €32m

State officials have admitted the cervical cancer tests compensation cost will exceed the €32million price of delivering the service but have refused to reveal an exact figure amid claims that victims will use it to increase their demands.

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Cervical cancer legal cases double

The number of cervical cancer victim legal cases has almost doubled since mid-summer, despite Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s promise that no woman will be needlessly hauled before the courts to prove their case.

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Either you sit in inquisitor’s chair, or you become the object of inquiry

By accusing Health Minister Simon Harris of being a ‘little boy’ during the CervicalCheck scandal, Tony O’Brien placed himself in the schoolyard, writes Gerard Howlin

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