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# smear tests

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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.
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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 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.
'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
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.
'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.
New test could make it easier to predict women's risk of developing cervical cancer
Some 99% of cervical cancers are caused by HPV.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Concerns were raised by women in 1986 over waiting times for cervical smear tests results
19 women wrote to the then-Minister for Women’s Affairs and Family Law about the issue, State Papers reveal.
CervicalCheck: Women have until end of this month to apply for free repeat test
Free repeat smear tests will end on 31 December.
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.
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.
'Intense negotiations' ongoing between HSE and CervicalCheck labs before contracts expire
Existing contracts with two laboratories are due to expire this month.
Scally 'satisfied' with quality of testing in CervicalCheck labs
He also said how the families of the women affected were eventually told about the audit was “damaging, hurtful and offensive”.
'I woke up to a whitewash': Vicky Phelan hits out at leaking of CervicalCheck review
“Information continues to be withheld from women and I will continue to fight back.”
Vicky Phelan: Varadkar assured me the State will try to settle CervicalCheck cases out of court
The Limerick woman met the Taoiseach today.
Man whose wife died after missed cancer diagnosis suing HSE and lab
Julie Dingivan was just 36 when she died last year.
'I regret any of this ever happened': Taoiseach says mediation in CervicalCheck cases not the 'holy grail'
Leo Varadkar says he is open to the idea of the inquiry into the scandal being held in public.
Ruth Morrissey's situation 'more hopeful' as doctors plan course of radical radiotherapy
Ruth Morrissey has been told her cancer will progress to terminal within a year.
Physical checks of 3,000 smear tests haven't started yet - they should have been done by June
It could be months before the slides are tested.
Emma Mhic Mhathúna on €7.5m settlement: 'It makes a big difference for all women'
The terminally ill mother-of-five settled her case against the HSE and Quest Diagnostics.
Women affected by CervicalCheck controversy 'borrowing money to get to healthcare appointments'
The women in question are afraid, angry and confused, Stephen Donnelly said.
'I don't want my death to be in vain': Watch Vicky Phelan's powerful PAC speech
Vicky said CervicalCheck and her gynaecologist spent 15 months arguing over whose responsibility it was to tell her about a HSE audit.
Expert leading CervicalCheck inquiry concerned about 'fevered atmosphere'
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has received government approval for the drafting of a Bill to establish an independent board for the HSE.
HSE says 18 women affected by CervicalCheck controversy have died
The previous figure was 17 women.
It's been a worrying two weeks - but please don't stop getting smear tests
Professor of Gynaecological Oncology at UCD on why it’s vital for women to continue with the cervical screening programme right now.
'I had to collect my children from school and tell them that I’m dying': Emma Mhic Mhathúna
Tony O’Brien, Director General of the HSE, has said “anyone who is found to have failed in their duty” will be held to account.
Bereaved cervical cancer family: 'I want my Mammy. I just love her so much, I want her back.'
Irene Teap died last July, her family now know that two of her smears were incorrect.
US laboratory wanted confidentiality clause in Vicky Phelan case
A UK expert will lead the inquiry into the CervicalCheck controversy.
Vicky Phelan says CervicalCheck inquiry must be done urgently and in public
The Irish Cancer Society has said its helpline has been inundated with calls from women, some of whom are “extremely distressed”.
Leo Varadkar confirms redress scheme for women affected by the smear test controversy
The Taoiseach said the government still do not know all the facts surrounding the CervicalCheck scandal.