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# CervicalCheck

Last month
October 2023
HPV vaccine 'significantly' reduces signs of pre-cancer in young women, study shows
Cervical cancer, though preventable, remains one of the most common cancers.
Irish lab resumes processing CervicalCheck samples over six months on from 'pause'
The lab will now work towards its goal of processing 10% of all CervicalCheck samples.
Holohan says there is a 'very poor understanding' of what happened in CervicalCheck scandal
The former Chief Medical Officer said the “adversarial model of medical negligence” in Ireland played a major role in the controversy.
This year
Tony Holohan criticises 'completely false' reporting about his role in CervicalCheck scandal
Holohan has released a memoir called We Need To Talk about his time as CMO.
'Exponential rise' in number of legal cases being taken against CervicalCheck, says WHO report
The report said that the programme could be rendered financially unsustainable due to the number of claims being taken against it.
Donnelly 'disappointed' about CervicalCheck samples being tested in US labs
The National Cervical Screening Laboratory at the Coombe Hospital had its accreditation suspended.
All CervicalCheck samples to be tested in US after Irish lab has accreditation suspended
The National Cervical Screening Laboratory lost its accreditation due to “administrative delays”.
Campaigners hail passing of Patient Safety Bill and say it'll help people 'find out the truth'
The Bill will make it mandatory for people to be told that they have a right to a review of their cancer screening results.
Last year
Taoiseach apologises to Stephen Teap in wake of CervicalCheck settlement
Micheál Martin said there was “no defence” for what happened with the CervicalCheck controversy.
Patient Safety Bill to be amended after TDs raise concerns
The amendment relates to a draft law being fast-tracked in memory of the late campaigner Vicky Phelan.
CervicalCheck review highlights patients' ongoing fight for justice
A new report shows there are still gaps in acknowledging and rectifying problems if a mistake is made.
TDs pay tribute in the Dáil to 'fearless' Vicky Phelan
The CervicalCheck campaigner died yesterday.
Vicky Phelan: A tenacious, adored campaigner who strengthened the voice of women in Ireland
“Every woman needs a voice that will help them challenge the system,” Phelan once wrote.
Cervical cancer campaigner Vicky Phelan has died
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said she was “a woman of extraordinary courage and integrity”.
Vicky died in the early hours of this morning in Limerick, surrounded by her family
Taoiseach Micheál Martin said she was "a woman of extraordinary courage and integrity"
President Michael D Higgins said the campaigner "made an enormous contribution to Irish society"
Family pay tribute to Vicky Phelan: 'Her passing will leave a void in our lives'
Vicky Phelan: A tenacious, adored campaigner who strengthened the voice of women in Ireland
Hundreds attend funeral of CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett
The 34-year-old mother of two died last week after suffering from cervical cancer.
CervicalCheck campaigner Lynsey Bennett dies aged 34
The mother of two settled a case against the HSE last year over her CervicalCheck results.
WATCH: Documentary about Vicky Phelan to open in cinemas next month
The trailer for the new feature documentary was launched today.
Harris: CervicalCheck chief’s comments ‘inappropriate, unfortunate, insensitive’
Harris said the comments ‘really hurt’ the 221+ group.
Cervical check samples are still being screened abroad following December's cyberattack
A cyber-attack on The Coombe at the end of last year resulted in the hospital losing its IT connectivity with CervicalCheck.
Cervical smear intervals moved from 3 to 5 years with HPV testing. Why?
In short, screening every three years with cytology is as effective as screening every five years with HPV.
Can Ireland win women's full trust in CervicalCheck back?
How do the public feel about the programme, and what’s being done to win trust back?
Population coverage of cervical cancer screening has been dipping since 2017
The report notes that since CervicalCheck began in 2008, it has reduced the incidence of cervical cancer by 2.8% per year.
'Cinematic' documentary showcases Vicky Phelan's strength and battles
Directed by Sasha King, the film has been nominated for a Human Rights on Film Award at the Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival.
Number of claims lodged with CervicalCheck Tribunal increases to 19
There have been 9 additional claims to the Tribunal over a two-week period – this compares with over 336 legal claims.
All time
Vicky Phelan says she has stopped chemo with aim to 'spend Christmas with my kids'
Phelan said she is now receiving medication to treat her “symptoms”.
Targeted messaging planned to encourage LGBT+ community to attend cervical screening
Women aged over 50 and the LGBT+ community among those less likely to attend cervical screening, studies have found.
CervicalCheck: 310 women take legal route despite pledges they can avoid court, Dáil hears
Peadar Tóibín said that just eight women are using the CervicalCheck tribunal.
Almost 200 HPV-positive smears through CervicalCheck need repeat test after samples expire
The samples expired after an increase in the number of cervical smear samples being sent in.
Vicky Phelan to return to Ireland after six months of treatment in the US and 'relentless' side effects
Last November, Ms Phelan disclosed that she has developed a new tumour for the first time in over two years.
CervicalCheck moves to 'allay women's fears' after Scotland's cervical cancer screening error
Over 24 years, around 430 women in Scotland who had hysterectomies were wrongly told they didn’t need to be screened.
CervicalCheck asks GPs to postpone smear tests booked this week after HSE cyber attack
Women who had a test booked are to be reassured by GPs that it is safe to wait a little longer for their smear test.
'It was like a sisterhood': March saw highest number of cervical smear tests since October 2018
Around 29,000 women attended for cervical screening last month – representing a significant increase on previous months.
'More heightened anxiety' about proven cervical-cancer treatments since CervicalCheck controversy, says oncologist
“My perception is that there is an increasing reluctance to tend for smears because they just feel there’s relatively little point,” Dr Charles Gillham told
The CervicalCheck controversy: How a vital cancer screening service is fighting to regain the trust of women
Cervical screening is a vitally important service for women in Ireland. But it’s been marred by flawed policies and deep mistrust.
The powerful, brave women who pushed for a higher standard of cervical screening programme
A look at the reports that examined the CervicalCheck programme, and found it clinically sound
Where are we now with the issue of liability, the court cases, and the screening programme itself?
CervicalCheck: How does Ireland's cervical smear screening programme work?
A woman with the strength of the sea: The Kerry Gaeltacht says goodbye to Emma Mhic Mhathúna
Taoiseach to 'check out' why Dr Gabriel Scally is no longer overseeing CervicalCheck plan
148 out of 170 of Scally’s recommended actions have been implemented, with a further 12 on track to be completed.
'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.
Lynsey Bennett: 'I plan to try and stay here for as long as I can. Absolutely'
Lynsey Bennett settled a case with the HSE earlier this week over the alleged misinterpretation of her cervical smear slides.
'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured
Lynsey Bennett, who has two young daughters, had four smear tests between 2010 and 2016 but each time was told they were negative.
Woman focusing on 'fight to stay alive' after smear test case settlement
Lynsey Bennett, who has two young daughters, had four smear tests between 2010 and 2016 but each time was told they were negative.
Why is CervicalCheck using HPV tests instead of testing for all smear abnormalities? spoke to Noirin Russell about some of the common questions about the change to the cancer screening programme.