Ireland Cervical cancer scandal: Terminally ill Vicky Phelan calls for radical overhaul of Irish health service

09:00  17 may  2018
09:00  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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TERMINALLY - ill Vicky Phelan has demanded Health Minister Simon Harris find out exactly how the CervicalCheck scandal developed. The 43-year-old Co Limerick mum-of-two said earlier today: “Who knew what and when, they are the critical questions that need answered.”

The cervical scandal was brought to light after terminally ill mother Vicky Phelan settle a case with the HSE. Tony O'Brien, director-general of the HSE, was told two years ago that an audit of smear tests revealed not all abnormalities were detected and cancer prevented.

a man and a woman looking at the camera: Credits: Stock © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Stock Terminally ill woman Vicky Phelan has called for a radical overhaul of the Irish health service, insisting she does not want to die in vain.

The mother-of-two, whose smear test was wrongly interpreted, told a parliamentary committee looking into patients impacted by the issue that health officials need to be held accountable.

“I’m not interested in revenge,” Ms Phelan said. “That’s not what I’m here for.”

The 43-year-old from Co Limerick said she wants the outcome of the Cervical Check controversy to be accountability.

“I want to make sure there are protocols put in place where sanctions for people who make this mistake are held accountable and that the HSE is overhauled from the ground up so that people are held accountable and that this never happens again in any shape or form,” she said.

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Vicky Phelan , a terminally ill 43-year-old woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, questioned why a smear test in 2011 had given her the all-clear. Now there are calls for Tony O’Brien, chief of the HSE, to follow suit.

VICKY PHELAN , THE terminally ill Limerick woman who brought the cervical cancer scandal into the public eye, has said the least the government can do now is pay for her treatment.

Last month, Ms Phelan settled a High Court action for 2.5 million euro after being incorrectly told in 2011 that her smear test had given a negative result for cancer.

In 2014, she was diagnosed with cancer but only told of the false negative last September.

Stephen Teap, from Co Cork, whose wife Irene died last year after two undisclosed false tests, also addressed the committee on Wednesday evening.

Mr Teap expressed his anger that he has only been informed in the past two weeks and that his wife died without ever knowing that her smear tests had been wrongly interpreted.

“Irene had two missed opportunities for cancer to be identified in her smear tests either one of which she would have been still here today,” he said.

Mr Teap said there was a clear lack of open disclosure and that communication was a clearly an issue.

'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test

  'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test A MOTHER of five who was given incorrect smear tests results and went on to develop cancer has now been told she has cancer again, and it is terminal. Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday – just over a week after she was told she was one of the 209 women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal.Speaking to the Irish Independent from her home in Kerry, she said she was just coming to grips with the knowledge that she need not have developed cancer at all, when she was dealt this blow.“I’m back to being numb. I was only coming back down to earth after last week and now I’m back in a whirlwind.

A scandal in plain sight. Within 48 hours of terminally ill cancer patient Vicky Phelan settling the court action for her misread smear test, the clinical director of CervicalCheck cut short a trip abroad to come home and face the storm.

Vicky Phelan , a terminally ill 43-year-old woman who was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, questioned why a smear test in 2011 had given her the all-clear.

“I have to give nursing staff credit who took really good care of my wife, clearly up the ladder patient care is diluted and protect, deny is introduced and that is basically what we’ve been seeing in the last few weeks when he comes to this communication or the lack of communication that we’re being fed.”

Earlier this month it emerged that an audit by the Cervical Check screening programme of 1,482 women diagnosed with cervical cancer since 2008 had found potential errors in earlier smear tests in 209 of the cases, with results showing no abnormalities when they should have flagged a cancer warning. Of the 209 women, 18 have since died.

The crisis has already seen HSE boss Tony O’Brien resign.

Mr O’Brien resigned hours after it emerged that an internal HSE briefing note that flagged potential errors in screening tests in 2016 stressed the need for a media strategy to respond to stories of women whose cancer diagnosis was missed.

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