Cervical screening controversy explained

What are the latest political developments around the CervicalCheck programme?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: estimates between 2,000 and 3,000  women did not have their cases examined as part of the clinical audit.  Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: estimates between 2,000 and 3,000 women did not have their cases examined as part of the clinical audit. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

So, what is happening? A couple of things were announced yesterday. The first is that women adversely affected by this controversy will be entitled to redress. The scheme has yet to be worked out and will only be made available when the facts of the situation have emerged.

The second is that a team of expert international cytopathologists are to carry out a clinical review of the smears of all the women who were diagnosed with cancer in the past 10 years.

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