CervicalCheck scandal: What is it all about?

How a Limerick woman’s court case exposed a failure to share false smear tests results

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he is "full of sorrow" and "very angry on behalf of the 160 or so women who were not told of the results of the audit" when answering questions on the cervical cancer scandal in the Dáil. Video: Oireachtas TV

What is the cervical cancer screening scandal about?

Scores of women with cervical cancer were not told that smear test results showing them to be in the clear were in fact inaccurate and the revised test results were kept from them for years.

How did this come to light?

The controversy arose after Vicky Phelan, a 43-year-old mother of two from Annacotty, Co Limerick, who has cervical cancer, settled a High Court case against a US laboratory that was subcontracted by CervicalCheck, the national cervical screening programme, to assess the tests. She received a settlement of €2.5 million last week without an admission of liability. Her case against the Health Service Executive was struck out.

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