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# cervicalcheck - Saturday 4 May, 2019

'Raw and needless cruelty': CervicalCheck cases 'a no-win situation' for all involved

Yesterday Ruth Morrissey said she hopes the decision in her case will be a positive thing for other women affected by the scandal.

# cervicalcheck - Friday 3 May, 2019

Ruth Morrissey: 'I want to move on and spend whatever time I've left with my daughter'

Morrissey and her husband Paul took the action against the HSE and two US laboratories.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 25 April, 2019

Vicky Phelan apologises to Leo Varadkar after referring to him as 'a gay man' during criticism

Phelan made the comments in an interview with The Irish Times.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 10 April, 2019

Simon Harris stands over his decision to offer repeat smear tests, despite being warned about delays

The Health Minister staunchly defended his decision to offer free repeat smears last year.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 4 April, 2019

Woman with terminal cancer settles smear test case for €2.5 million

“The last few months have been so stressful for me and my family – just that thought of facing court as I recover from the last treatments of chemotherapy.”

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 3 April, 2019

Former CervicalCheck boss says Harris was warned that offering extra smear tests could cause delays

Micheál Martin said the decision was made by the government to “save their own skin and cover their own tracks”.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 28 March, 2019

CervicalCheck: It has cost €9.6m to give free repeat smear tests to women

Women who had had a free smear test were offered a repeat between May and December 2018.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 27 March, 2019

Of 4,500 repeat smear tests that expired, 2,500 have been retested

Around half of the women who were offered the option of a retest have taken it up.

# cervicalcheck - Friday 22 March, 2019

'Deeply flawed' policy on open disclosure in the HSE still in place, Scally review finds

Dr Gabriel Scally is satisfied the HSE has put adequate resources into acting on his recommendations following CervicalCheck.

# cervicalcheck - Monday 18 March, 2019

Clare TD Michael Harty: 'I took a different view from my rural colleagues on the drink driving laws'

“The day of just two will do is no longer acceptable,” Dr Michael Harty, chair of the Oireachtas Health Committee, told

# cervicalcheck - Monday 11 March, 2019

CervicalCheck ex-gratia payments scheme to be set up 'in the coming weeks'

The scheme is designed to provide an alternative, “non-adversarial” option for women affected by the CervicalCheck issue.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 20 February, 2019

'I need to prioritise my health': Vicky Phelan to take step back from CervicalCheck campaigning

Phelan said today that she has been “very ill” over the past couple of weeks.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 13 February, 2019

Harris asks HSE to introduce HPV testing 'as soon as possible' as roll out is pushed out due to smear test backlog

Health Minister Simon Harris promised it would be introduced in September last year. This was then pushed out to January 2019.

'It would be foolhardy to say there is no risk': HSE reveals 78,000 slides left in CervicalCheck backlog

The HSE will tell the Health Committee about the backlog latest today.

# cervicalcheck - Saturday 9 February, 2019

Tony O'Brien accuses the PAC of 'chasing every passing controversy... it doesn't add any value'

“I’m glad to be out,” he said when asked if he misses being in charge of the HSE.

# cervicalcheck - Friday 8 February, 2019

CervicalCheck writes to 4,300 women affected by lab error offering them repeat smear test

The HSE has been aware of this error since November but it was only made public two weeks ago.

# cervicalcheck - Friday 25 January, 2019

CervicalCheck support group says smear test delays are 'totally unacceptable'

Women are having to wait an average of 22 weeks to receive their results, and thousands of tests need to be redone.

Women with history of abnormal smears face 'anxious wait' for delayed results

There is no provision for expediting cases where there is a known history of cancer or abnormal smear results.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 24 January, 2019

HSE confirms further 1,000 smear retests needed after samples expired due to backlog

The smear-test samples expired after there was a delay in transferring the samples to a slide within the six-week timeframe.

Letters to be sent to 6,000 women about repeat smear test next week

The health minister knew about the retests in December while the HSE were informed a month earlier.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Some smear tests to be repeated due to backlog resulting in samples expiring

Simon Harris had been warned on numerous occasions that his announcement of free repeat smear tests was “dangerous” .

# cervicalcheck - Saturday 19 January, 2019

CervicalCheck campaigner Orla Church has died

Orla Church was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015.

# cervicalcheck - Monday 14 January, 2019

'All talk and no action': Vicky Phelan strongly criticises Varadkar over handling of CervicalCheck scandal

Taoiseach says women of Ireland have his commitment that changes will be made to the health service.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 10 January, 2019

Sandyford lab told Simon Harris that CervicalCheck was 'in jeopardy' and urgent action was needed

Six months later, the HSE announced that GPs had been told the offer of free repeat smear tests were to end on 31 December.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 9 January, 2019

Simon Harris was warned that smear test backlog was 'intensifying concern' among women

“During the Repeal the Eighth campaign you stated that you trusted women… but your behaviour during this debacle suggests otherwise,” one letter said.

# cervicalcheck - Tuesday 8 January, 2019

Senior doctor warned Harris of 'dangerous' delays due to surge in demand for free smear rechecks

The letter says that there had been a delayed diagnosis after the results of a smear test taken in June were received in October.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 2 January, 2019

PODCAST: 'Irene didn't have to die and now she's part of this scandal'

Stephen Teap said he went public with his story this year so he can tell his boys when they grow up that he did everything he could.

# cervicalcheck - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

Leo Varadkar says his 2018 low point was the government's handling of the CervicalCheck scandal

Varadkar said he regrets he was so misinformed and the government didn’t make ‘better decisions’.

# cervicalcheck - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

Irene Teap's family told there was negligence in reading of one of her smears Exclusive

The 35-year-old Cork woman died of cancer in July last year.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

'I'm too young to die': Women with cervical cancer call for equal access to drug pembrolizumab

Ireland owes it to these women, Labour’s Alan Kelly said.

# cervicalcheck - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

'It's a no-brainer': Vicky Phelan calls for drug to be available to all Irish women with cervical cancer

She was given a terminal diagnosis at the start of this year and Phelan said the drug Pembro is allowing her to live with the disease.

# cervicalcheck - Monday 19 November, 2018

Vicky Phelan named one of world's most influential women of 2018

The activist said she is “so privileged” to be included on the BBC’s list.

# cervicalcheck - Monday 12 November, 2018

HSE recruiting trainers who will teach staff how to communicate with patients when things go wrong

‘Open disclosure’ made headlines in recent months due to the CervicalCheck controversy.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 8 November, 2018

Harris on the defensive after judge criticises doctor recruitment process

“I note that the interview panel described the respondent as ‘eager to work and learn’. But learn at whose expense?” the judge said.

# cervicalcheck - Monday 5 November, 2018

Simon Harris on criticism from ex-HSE chief: 'I will never apologise for holding people to account' HSE

Simon Harris on criticism from ex-HSE chief: 'I will never apologise for holding people to account'

Varadkar said Tony O’Brien “was right to step down” as HSE chief in light of the CervicalCheck scandal.

# cervicalcheck - Sunday 4 November, 2018

Former HSE chief calls Simon Harris 'a frightened little boy'

The Health Minister has been defended by Charlie Flanagan, who said Tony O’Brien had “a pretty rapid fall from grace”.

# cervicalcheck - Friday 2 November, 2018

'My education allowed me challenge the medical profession': Vicky Phelan receives honorary fellowship at WIT

Phelan’s bravery in making public her missed CervicalCheck results led to national outcry and an investigation.

# cervicalcheck - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Not good enough': Tánaiste apologises to women for 18-week delay for their smear test results

Due to the upsurge in the number of women presenting for their smear test, there is now a backlog of 60,000.

# cervicalcheck - Tuesday 16 October, 2018

Judge recommends establishment of tribunal to deal with CervicalCheck claims

In his report, Justice Meenan recognises the “courage and fortitude” of the woman affected and their families.

# cervicalcheck - Wednesday 10 October, 2018

CervicalCheck: Report author says it's 'likely' that more women are affected

Dr Gabriel Scally told an Oireachtas Committee that an initial review to identify women involved was flawed.

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