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CervicalCheck boss steps down amid smear test blunder

29 April 2018

The National Association of General Practitioners welcomed the call for re-tests, saying "it is extremely important that this is available for any patient who is anxious and wants to have repeat test for reassurance".

Not only were they looking for proof of any personal injury or hurt - but they were also calling on her to prove that this was materially and specifically related to the delay in providing her with her false negative smear test result.

Yesterday evening the clinical director of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly stepped down.

In a statement, Dr Flannelly apologised, and said: 'I am sorry that recent events caused distress and worry to women.

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"I have made a decision to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of the doctors, nurses and programme staff of CervicalCheck for their continued hard work and commitment towards delivering a first-class service for the women of Ireland".

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 sent in a senior team to CervicalCheck, they have pulled the files of all 206 women, these are women that would have been in 15 different hospitals around the country, a lot of different clinicians'.

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An audit carried out by CervicalCheck in 2014 found that her test results were incorrect, however, due to the reported fault of the programme, Miss Phelan wasn't informed of this until September 2017. In advance of the peer review being completed it is considered essential that the remainder of the leadership team of the programme remain in situ.

Ms Phelan (43), from Annacotty, Co Limerick, has terminal cervical cancer after her smear test failed to pick up abnormalities.

Ms Phelan revealed on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ 1 last night that Minster Harris rang her to personally apologise for what happened to her.

A portion of the monies will be paid into court and be held for the couple's two children who are now aged seven and 12.

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CervicalCheck boss steps down amid smear test blunder