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# CervicalCheck

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'People are afraid': Only tenth of women invited for cervical cancer screenings made appointments
Out of 110,000 invitations, only 12,000 have come forward, according to CervicalCheck director.
# 221+ group
CervicalCheck campaigners welcome health minister's promises on steering group
Campaigners and advocates met with Stephen Donnelly yesterday.
# Stephen Donnelly
CervicalCheck tribunal to begin 'without delay', says minister
The tribunal was delayed because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
# assurances
Government pledges to improve cervical screening programme
Leo Varadkar said the Government will put forward patient safety legislation in the Dail.
# CervicalCheck
Chief Justice expresses 'deepest sympathy' to family of Ruth Morrissey in Supreme Court judgment
The judge said the “tragic circumstances had most sadly, come to fruition”.
# CervicalCheck
'Beautiful, caring and wise': Ruth Morrissey remembered at funeral
The 39-year-old CervicalCheck campaigner and mother died on Sunday.
# CervicalCheck
HSE CEO apologises to Ruth Morrissey as family say they are 'truly heartbroken' at funeral
Paul Reid said he has written to Paul Morrissey, Ruth’s husband, to offer an apology on behalf of the HSE.
# CervicalCheck
'She was a gentle soul who loved the simple things': Vicky Phelan on the late Ruth Morrissey
CervicalCheck campaigner Lorraine Walsh said Morrissey’s death marked “a very sad day” for the women of Ireland.
'She gave generously to anyone who knew her': Family of Ruth Morrissey pay tribute after CervicalCheck campaigner dies aged 39
“Neither the HSE nor the State has ever apologised to her, and now it is too late,” a family statement said.
# Cervical Cancer
Cervical screening to resume next month - breast and bowel cancer screening to restart in September
Priority groups will receive letters from 6 July.
# Coronavirus
Simon Harris confirms that all cancer screening services will resume by July
All screening services were cancelled in March when the Covid-19 pandemic began.
# CervicalCheck
HSE and two laboratories lose Supreme Court appeal against Ruth Morrissey
The Supreme Court case had grappled with the complicated issue of whether “absolute confidence” was needed in a screening programme.
# CervicalCheck
‘Remarkable coincidence’ that two campaigners' smear results were mixed up, hearing told
Professor Kitchener said the findings of the RCog report “were striking” with “significant implications”, but “not unexpected”.
# CervicalCheck
Issues over review of smear slides were ignored, says CervicalCheck campaigner Lorraine Walsh
Walsh stepped away from her role at the CervicalCheck patient steering committee in October.
# CervicalCheck
CervicalCheck: How does Ireland's cervical smear screening programme work?
If you’re getting a smear test, what can you expect, and what do the results mean?
# 221+
Lorraine Walsh resigns from CervicalCheck steering group, says she doesn't have confidence in report
Walsh, who developed cervical cancer, was one of the 221 women whose smear tests were read incorrectly.
# RCog review
Health Minister Simon Harris says limitations of smear screening is a 'difficult, painful reality'
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists review found the CervicalCheck programme was working effectively overall.
# CervicalCheck
'Overly cautious' reading of smear tests would be damaging and bring an end to screening programmes
The comments come following a Supreme Court hearing into Ruth Morrissey’s High Court ruling earlier this year.
# CervicalCheck
'A lack of respect': Vicky Phelan hits out at TDs who didn't attend formal Dáil apology
Speaking to RTÉ Radio One today, Phelan said she was “annoyed” that the apology was delayed.
# Your Say
Poll: Does a formal apology from the government make a difference?
The Taoiseach yesterday formally apologised to the women affected by the CervicalCheck scandal.
# CervicalCheck
Taoiseach makes formal apology to women affected by failures in CervicalCheck programme
Varadkar apologised to the women, their partners and their children for the pain they suffered.
# CervicalCheck
Taoiseach to deliver State apology to women affected by CervicalCheck scandal
Today Dr Gabriel Scally said some women had been “treated appallingly”.
# Flowers for Emma
Cervical cancer campaigner Emma Mhic Mhathuna to be honoured on first anniversary
Emma was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016.
# Texas
CervicalCheck scandal: Woman granted leave to serve personal injuries summons on US clinic
The woman claims that Clinical Pathology Laboratories or its agents were guilty of negligence or breach of duty.
New test could make it easier to predict women's risk of developing cervical cancer
Some 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.
# Accountability
State apology on the cards after Varadkar and Harris meet CervicalCheck support group
Patient representatives, however, say a full apology is only possible with a full understanding of who’s accountable.
# sharon's story
'Rude', 'didn't care', 'absence of customer service': One woman's experience of CervicalCheck delays
The case of Sharon – who waited months to receive her results – was outlined in a rapid review of CervicalCheck yesterday.
# CervicalCheck
Supreme Court agrees to hear appeal against judgement in Ruth Morrissey case
The government has said the appeal does not relate to the €2.1 million in damages and that the Morrisseys will retain that irrespective of the outcome.
# screening
CervicalCheck scandal: HSE says 434 smears expired before testing
The HSE said expired samples, as well as expired or damaged vials, are “an inevitable feature” of cervical screening programmes.
# CervicalCheck
Court cases, a smear test backlog and now an 'IT issue' - 15 months of the CervicalCheck scandal
As the backlog of smear tests continues to cause delays, the HSE is struggling to restore public confidence in the screening programme.
# colposcopy
CervicalCheck backlog leaves women waiting months for abnormal cervix assessment
One women whose GP noticed a visual abnormality in her cervix was told she could be waiting more than six months.
# CervicalCheck
HSE orders 'rapid review' after 800 women failed to receive their smear test
The HSE has made contact with the women to give them their results directly.
# waiting list
CervicalCheck smear results weren't sent to some women due to IT glitch at US lab
“It is unfortunate that the CervicalCheck programme has been hit with another body blow,” Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly said.
# CervicalCheck
Scally: Price for cervical screening tender 'became a much more important factor' than quality
Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly described the situation as “screening on the cheap”.
# CervicalCheck
'She wants it to be over': Ruth Morrissey 'very upset' over State move to appeal CervicalCheck case
The State Claims Agency said its appeal will not relate to the decision on the award of damages.
# CervicalCheck
Simon Harris says he'll look to protect Ruth Morrissey award in any appeal of her court case
The two laboratories involved in the case have said that they would appeal.
# CervicalCheck
Varadkar says outsourcing of cervical smears is 'serious' and may be 'a breach of contract'
A report released yesterday indicated that Irish smear samples were sent to 16 labs – not 6, as was initially reported in 2018.
# cervicalcheck scandal
'Lack of transparency to Irish women was entirely unacceptable': Report finds smear tests were sent to 16 labs
Dr Gabriel Scally’s latest report is the just the latest review into the CervicalCheck scandal.
# CervicalCheck
'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
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.