THE Irish Cancer Society has provided funding for 500 additional counselling sessions for women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.
Funds will be made available for the counselling at 25 Irish Cancer Society-affiliated Support Centres across the country, including ARC Cancer Support House in Cork, located at 5 O’Donovan Rossa Rd.
The Society has taken the step in response to the significant increase in the numbers of women seeking advice and support from the charity around CervicalCheck and their smear test results.
Donal Buggy, Head of Services and Advocacy at the Irish Cancer Society, said: “Over the past few days we have received a huge number of queries from women who are very concerned by the revelations about CervicalCheck.
“Understandably, many women are deeply affected and need support, reassurance and practical help.
“Through our existing network across the country, we are making additional money for counselling available so women in Cork can get the support they so desperately need at this time.”
Nurses from the Irish Cancer Society will also be assisting in calling back women who have contacted the CervicalCheck helpline this week and are waiting for a response.
Mr Buggy added: “Women are out there worrying and waiting for a call back so they can have their concerns and worries addressed.
“We want to help reassure these women. Our panel of specialist cancer nurses will work with the CervicalCheck helpline to make sure as many of these women are contacted as soon as possible.”