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Over 2000 Women Call Cervical Check Helpline

Over 2000 Women Call Cervical Check Helpline

Taoiseach Leo Varakadar said that there will be an inquiry into the controversy.

The Health Service Executive confirmed on Monday that 162 women - including 17 who have died - were not informed of a delay in their cervical cancer diagnosis.

The cause of their deaths is not known.

Mr Harris said he hopes these steps "will ensure the integrity of the cervical screening programme at the same time as providing learning for all cancer screening programmes".

Also speaking at the briefing, HSE director general Tony O'Brien, said that he first learned "of the entirety" of the Vicky Phelan cases when he read about it on the RTE website last week.

In addition, more than half of the 206 women affected have also seen their care impacted by the incorrect negative results.

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Ms Phelan said that the revelations by Dr Gibbons - who revealed he warned the then CEO of the National Cancer Screening Service Tony O'Brien that the outsourcing of cervical smear tests to the U.S. would lead to missed cases or misdiagnoses - rendered an apology by Mr O'Brien extended to her last week as "null and void".

Cabinet is expected to consider setting up a statutory inquiry into the scandal on Tuesday.

The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the Tanaiste, Simon Coveney, have apologised to Ms Phelan and her family.

"This is a very hard thing to do when you are literally dying, and you are being told that the case will take weeks in court and there will be no chance of a settlement", Mr. O'Carroll said.

He said a "roadmap" is now needed on what should happen next, and stressed the Government must do all it can to re-assure the public as to the competence and safety of the CervicalCheck smear test system.

"I don't think anyone could have imagined the magnitude of this", she added.

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Deputy Kate O'Connell says survival rates dramatically decrease once the cancerous cells are untreated for more than three years.

The helpline will stay open until 6 this evening and the HSE says call-backs are underway.

208 women were identified in an audit whose smear test results should be reviewed for further tests.

The HSE has received 6000 calls on a helpline across the weekend and today while the health service also said that 175 women were wrongly given the all-clear out a total of 208.

"The other thing is, it is important not to forget the HPV vaccination programme here because the HPV vaccine, it has the potential to wipe out cervical cancer".

CervicalCheck can be contacted on 1800 454555.

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