'I don't know how they sleep' - Vicky blasts cancer docs

WATCH Terminally-ill Limerick woman agrees €2.5m settlement over cancer misdiagnoses

Minister Harris and the HSE director general, Tony O'Brien, have agreed that an global peer review of CervicalCheck needs to take place to ensure ongoing confidence in it.

Ms Phelan, who waited three years to learn CervicalCheck had an internal report on her misdiagnosis, said: "The fact the head of the national screening programme could not say this morning that these women had been communicated with to me is absolutely disgraceful".

By the time she had another smear test in 2014 she had cervical cancer.

Yesterday evening the clinical director of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly stepped down.

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'.

He said earlier: "I have full confidence in the screening programme".

SIMON Coveney has apologised to Limerick woman Vicky Phelan over her cancer misdiagnoses in what he called a "a shameful series of events".

The 206 women whose smear tests were misread should have been referred on for further investigation, including an invasive diagnostic procedure or repeat smear, which could have picked up their cancer and led to earlier treatment.

Health Minister Simon Harris has sent in a hit squad to investigate CervicalCheck.

An audit of the files of 1,452 cervical cancer patients by CervicalCheck, Ireland's screening programme, found 206 cases of women who were given negative results from smear tests, suggesting they did not have cancer. It said it "considered essential that the remainder of the Leadership team of the CervicalCheck Programme remain in situ".

Ms Phelan, a 43-year-old mother of two, has since been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the court case heard she may have only months to live.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Harris's Department of Health confirmed that it had advised CervicalCheck to arrange for additional smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System say they need them - at the cost of the State.

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