Over 2000 women called CervicalCheck helpline since Saturday

Over 2000 women called CervicalCheck helpline since Saturday

Over 2000 women called CervicalCheck helpline since Saturday

Today, the HSE confirmed today that 17 women whose cases were reviewed as part of an audit into the CervicalCheck controversy have died.

Ms Phelan said today the most critical questions outstanding for her now, as she turns her focus to fighting the disease, is "who knew what and when?".

Ireland's programme will be benchmarked against worldwide counterparts and any implications for other cancer screening programmes will also be identified.

It also emerged that in 175 of the 208 cases, a different treatment should have been given to the women when the original screening results were reviewed. Minister Harris must set out in detail what steps he is taking to ensure all affected women are informed immediately. I am determined that swift action will follow to address these weaknesses.

The HSE Serious Incident Management Team held a special briefing on the controversy on Monday afternoon and according to its chairperson, Patrick Lynch, the cause of these women's deaths is not known at this time.

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Seventeen women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy have died, the HSE has confirmed. A liaison nurse will also work with the group to ensure all necessary supports are made available to those affected.

'I could be another one of those women.

"I don't think anyone could have imagined the magnitude of this".

"And by God I'm going to take these guys on. I do believe in the programme, cervical smears do save women's lives and what I don't want to happen is more women diagnosed with cervical cancer and I thought it was important that I come out and say that because I think people would listen to me rather than the HSE at the moment".

Women with concerns about their results will be able to get repeat tests for free and the Cervical Check helpline is open at 1800 45 45 55.

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