Varadkar said ‘I would have thought that if someone is advised by a doctor to take health and safety leave or sick leave during pregnancy, that would be enough’. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The Tánaiste has said he believes a sick cert should be sufficient grounds for a pregnant woman to stay at home despite HSE advice to the contrary. L(...)

Report author Prof Susan O’Reilly: “Ireland is unique internationally in regard to the litigation environment and the potential for harm to its current and future screening programmes.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Almost 400 women who have contracted cervical cancer will be entitled to a review by the CervicalCheck programme of their cases, according to the auth(...)

 Prof Susan O’Reilly, chairwoman of the CervicalCheck and BowelScreen expert reference group, said patient-requested reviews of their cases would be a ‘first for CervicalCheck’. Photograph: Leon Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

CervicalCheck should begin patient-requested reviews for all invasive cancer diagnoses, including those not detected during routine screening, an expe(...)

Prof Henry Kitchener, lead assessor with the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians, at today’s meeting of the Oireachtas health committee. Photograph: Oireachtas/PA Wire

The authors of an independent review of tests made under the CervicalCheck screening programme have defended their work following criticism from patie(...)

Cancer survivor Lorraine Walsh told the Oireachtas health committee she was made to feel ‘stupid and irrelevant’ as a patient advocate on the CervicalCheck steering committee. File photograph: Tom Honan

Patient advocate Lorraine Walsh has said she was “dismissed, ignored, bullied and threatened” by the Department of Health while working as a patient a(...)

CervicalCheck campaigners Lorraine Walsh and Vicky Phelan at Leinster House in October. Photograph: Tom Honan

Another of the inquiries triggered by the CervicalCheck controversy – the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ (RCOG) review of Cervical(...)

Patient advocate Lorraine Walsh, one of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, has resigned from the steering committee of the screening programme. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Patient advocate Lorraine Walsh, one of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, has resigned from the steering committee of the screening(...)

A cervical cancer cell. For every 1,000 women screened for cervical cancer, about 20 will have precancerous changes, but the traditional smear test will pick up only 15 of these.

A review of smear tests carried out under CervicalCheck is due, but haven’t we already had a review? Yes, but. CervicalCheck has in the past looked b(...)

Pro-choice supporters in Belfast stage a demonstration to highlight the 21 women a week on average who are forced to travel for an abortion. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Doctors in Northern Ireland must be given clarification about the rules now governing abortion laws following the decriminalisation of abortion this w(...)

Ruth Morrissey and her husband Paul speaking outside the High Court after winning her case. File photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

A statement issued by the solicitor of Ruth Morrissey, a terminally ill woman with cervical cancer, has accused the Minister for Health and his depart(...)

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