In some cases, women are still being asked to wait longer than 33 weeks to receive the results of their smear tests. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive has reached an agreement with a US testing laboratory to help clear the massive backlog of smear tests in the CervicalChe(...)

Fianna Fáil TD Stephen  Donnelly told the Oireachtas health committee the information from Dr Grainne Flannelly suggested Minister for Health Simon Harris had misled the Dáil for a second time. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Health Simon Harris has been accused of misleading the Dáil over his claim he received no contrary advice before offering free out-of-cyc(...)

HSE interim director general Anne O’Connor is unable to give a date for the introduction of the new testing service. Photograph: Alan Betson

The introduction of a new, more accurate test for cervical cancer is being delayed by a massive backlog of smear tests, an Oireachtas committee has he(...)

Dr Peter McKenna said slides from women retaking smear tests would be processed as  matter of “priority” by laboratories. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Up to 6,000 women will need to undergo a repeat smear test due to delays processing their original smears following the CervicalCheck scandal, the Hea(...)

Julie O’Reilly was wrongly included in the group of 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, according to health sources.

Julie O’Reilly, the 60-year-old woman originally from the Isle of Man who died of cancer last month, was wrongly included as one of the 221 women caug(...)

The HSE says many women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy are not consenting to participate in a review by the UK’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.

The HSE is to carry out a new audit of the woman affected by the CevicalCheck controversy despite the Government having commissioned a wider review by(...)

Emma Mhic Mhathúna: “I am terminally ill, and I need the money now, to set things up for my children. I can’t afford to be waiting around.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Emma Mhic Mhathúna, one of the women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, is planning to file High Court proceedings today over the 2013 smear t(...)

Vicky Phelan and Stephen Teap arriving at  Leinster House on Wednesday afertnoon. Photograph: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The acting head of the health service has told terminally-ill Limerick woman Vicky Phelan who brought the CervicalCheck controversy to light that he i(...)

CervicalCheck: the HSE said its screening programme is safe and effective and that its three laboratories “are operating within expected international standards”. Photograph: Rafe Swan/Cultura/Getty

General practitioners have been told by the Health Service Executive that an “urgent new screening test is not clinically indicated” for women concern(...)

Many hospital appointments were cancelled in the snow: File photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

Vulnerable people are being prioritised by the HSE as services resume following the extreme weather conditions last week. Damien McCallion, the HSE’s(...)

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