Vicky Phelan

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The cervical cancer test controversy arose last month after Limerick woman Vicky Phelan settled her action against a US laboratory. File photograph: Getty Images

The State Claims Agency (SCA) has insisted it was told by the HSE’s CervicalCheck programme that all women had been informed of the outcomes of cervic(...)

Fears have been expressed that spiralling legal costs could lead to the breast cancer screening programme being closed down. File photograph: Getty Images

The BreastCheck cancer screening programme is doing its job and has helped to save the lives of women in the State, Tánaiste Simon Coveney has said. (...)

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(...)

GAA Annual Congress, Croke Park, Dublin 24/2/2018 Chairperson of the Cork County Board, Tracey Kennedy speaks to congress Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Oisin Keniry

“It’s an emotional time for anyone for who’s been in that situation when you see the poor women who have died and are dying as a result of errors - at(...)

Vicky Phelan said  John Gleeson still had questions to answer about his role in the failure to tell affected women and to conceal audit results from the families of patients who had died. Photograph Nick Bradshaw

CervicalCheck gave instructions that a reference to “open disclosure” in letters to doctors, telling them about audits showing patients’ incorrect sme(...)

Oireachtas visit: Vicky Phelan gave evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

What have we learned some three weeks into the ongoing CervicalCheck controversy? With details still emerging, there is a pervasive fear of further ba(...)

 Taoiseach Leo Varadkar claimed in Friday that more and more women were importing pills online because of the current abortion laws in Ireland. Photograph: Collins

It will only be a matter of time before a woman bleeds to death if the referendum to repeal the Eighth Amendment is defeated, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar h(...)

The Government’s approval ratings have slumped in recent weeks, with a large decline among women in the wake of the cervical cancer screening scandal.(...)

Labour TD Alan Kelly expressed dismay that the only achievement in six months since a colposcopists’ meeting in terms of informing women about the clinical audit was “a leaflet” for patients.

CervicalCheck was drafting a leaflet as recently as last March to send out to women with cervical cancer to ask if they wanted to receive details of a(...)

Stephanie O’Keeffe, the HSE’s national director of health and wellbeing, said she did not know most patients were not being told about issues with smear tests until Vicky  Phelan’s case emerged. File photograph: Aidan Crawley.

CervicalCheck committed an “error in not closing out the loop” when it failed to inform women about a clinical audit showing incorrect false negative (...)

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