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# CervicalCheck

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# Backtrack
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
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
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.”
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”.
# out of cycle smears
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
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
'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.
# Independent TD
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
# Department of Health
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
'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
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.
# Women's Health
'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
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
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.
# repeat tests
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.
# CervicalCheck
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
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.
# hpv test
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
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” .
# orla church
CervicalCheck campaigner Orla Church has died
Orla Church was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2015.
# CervicalCheck
'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.
# smear tests
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
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
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
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.
# highs and lows
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’.
# Cancer
Irene Teap's family told there was negligence in reading of one of her smears
Stephen Teap said an independent review of Irene’s smear tests has concluded one of her slides was incorrectly read and that there was a breach of duty of care in the reading of this slide.
# urgent need
'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.
# pembro
'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.
# bbc 100 women
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.
# open disclosure
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.
# High Court
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.
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
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
'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
'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
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.
# cancer screening
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.
# CervicalCheck
Funeral cortège of Emma Mhic Mhathúna passes by Leinster House
Crowds gathered to remember and thank Emma, who had spoken on behalf of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.
# smear tests
'Intense negotiations' ongoing between HSE and CervicalCheck labs before contracts expire
Existing contracts with two laboratories are due to expire this month.