Cervical Check issues 'far from over' 

Cervical Check issues 'far from over' 
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A CORK woman impacted by the Cervical Check incident said she knew that many more would be affected in the wake of the latest review into the cancer screening service. 

An independent review into CervicalCheck in Ireland by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) disagreed with the CervicalCheck results in a third of cases involving more than 300 women. 

The review also found that there were missed opportunities for diagnosis in 159 cases, including for 12 women who have since died. 

However, the review found that the RCOG’s results differed from those reported by CervicalCheck at a similar rate to that of the NHS in the UK.

Speaking to The Echo, Carol Murray, one of the original 221+ women impacted by the incident, said she is not surprised that more women have been found to be affected.

A 33-year-old mother-of-two, Ms Murray’s cervical smear test taken in 2010 had been read incorrectly. She was eventually diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2011.

“In general nothing (with CervicalCheck) surprises me,” said Ms Murray. “In relation to the figure I said it before I and many more knew it would not stay at 221 plus.”

Cork campaigner Stephen Teap, meanwhile, warned that the “debacle” is far from over.

Mr Teap has accused Health Minister Simon Harris of attempting to “downplay” the report and ignore the women and families affected.

“There were mistakes and failures in the system as confirmed by Dr Gabriel Scally,” he said. 

“A lot of work remains to be done.”

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