'I don't know how they sleep' - Vicky blasts cancer docs

Cancer patient settlement €2.5M by High Court

Terminally Ill Mother Of Two Settles Against US Lab

Harris took to Twitter on Saturday to share the news of the repeat tests on offer, which, according to him, will be paid for by the State.

Ms Phelan, who waited three years to learn CervicalCheck had an internal report on her misdiagnosis, said: "The fact the head of the national screening programme could not say this morning that these women had been communicated with to me is absolutely disgraceful".

However this was incorrect and by the time she had another smear test in 2014, she had cervical cancer.

THE CLINICAL DIRECTOR of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly has informed the HSE that she is to stand aside from her position.

It recently emerged that 206 women who developed cancer were wrongly given the all-clear, which was only discovered when their tests were re-examined after they were diagnosed. I have made a decision to step aside to allow the Programme to continue it's important work'.

HSE clinical teams began to review files in cancer units nationwide yesterday.

Minister Harris announced on Friday that he had sent in a senior squad to review CervicalCheck and to undertake an investigation.

"In the interests of meeting the needs of the women who rely on the CervicalCheck Programme, the HSE acknowledges that the programme's leadership is completely focused on working as part of the HSE's Serious Incident Management Team to address the current concerns", it added.

She revealed that Simon Harris had called her personally to apologise for the health service letting her down.

The lid was blown on the CervicalCheck cancer earlier this month when Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan, 43, took a High Court case against the HSE and the Texas-based lab which distributed her smear test results in 2011.

A terminally ill mother of two, who was wrongly told she didn't have cancer in 2011, has settled her case against a United States lab for €2.5m.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Harris's Department of Health confirmed that it had advised CervicalCheck to arrange for additional smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System say they need them - at the cost of the State.

€700,000 of today's settlement has already been earmarked for the couple's two young children.

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