Some of the women identified in the recent national smear test audit as having died, were from the HSE West regional Health Forum catchment area.

That was confirmed yesterday by Saolta Group Executive Chairman Tony Canavan at the HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park, however, he was not prepared to identify the victims any further.

209 women nationally were identified in the audit as having incorrect smear test results and should have been recommended earlier for follow-up treatments.

Standing Orders were suspended at the start of yesterday’s gathering as the Chairperson of the Forum, Headford based councillor Mary Hoade together with other councillors  sought clarification on the number  of women involved in the smear test controversy that were from western counties.

Tony Canavan told the meeting some of the 17 women who have died nationwide are from the HSE western region, and some are among the 209 identified as having received incorrect results.

He assured councillors that hospitals in the region are working with the serious incident management team to ensure all women affected are contacted.

Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade told Midwest today that it is reasonable not to identify the women affected any further, and added she is pleased that the Scoping Inquiry is proceeding, as announced by government, to look at a random number of more recent smear tests.

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