Cervical cancer

  • New legislation is needed to ensure that patients are informed if their test results are not accurate – that’s according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers.

    The Cervical Check scandal is dominating proceedings in the Dáil this afternoon, where the Health Minister Simon Harris is under pressure to release a memo he was given about the issue before Vicky Phelan took her case.

    The memo reportedly indicated women were not automatically being given the results of their smear audits.

    It has emerged that Mayo, Galway and Sligo University Hospitals are among the 13 hospitals given information relating to 208 women who should have received earlier intervention following cervical cancer tests.

    The HSE confirmed yesterday that 162 women – including 17 who have died – were not informed of a delay in their cervical cancer diagnosis.

    Deputy Lisa Chambers says public confidence needs to be restored in the cancer-screening programme, and if there is a misdiagnosis, patients need to be told as early as possible….

  • The Health Minister says he hopes an inquiry into the Cervical Check controversy will get to the bottom of what happened.

    Simon Harris says it will be led by a UK based medical expert and a gynaecologist - and is expected to begin as soon as today.

    Mr Harris says he briefed Vicky Phelan on the issue last night and is hoping the inquiry will be done by June.

    Minister Harris says it's important people get answers to the questions being asked right across the country.

  • Tributes are being paid to a Roscommon woman who campaigned for equal access to a new drug for women suffering from cervical cancer.

    Tracey Brennan from Four Mile House and formerly of Clover Hill, Roscommon, was battling stage four cancer and passed away at Galway University Hospital on Friday.

    The mother of one was diagnosed with Stage 2 cervical cancer in 2017 following a smear test.

    She underwent treatment but suffered a relapse in April 2018.

    Ms Brennan campaigned alongside fellow cancer sufferers Vicky Phelan and Aine Morgan for the Pembrolizumab drug to be introduced for all Irish cervical cancer patients where tests indicated it would work.

    Her funeral Mass is underway this lunchtime in Cloverhill, Roscommon with burial afterwards in Ballinderry Cemetery.

    She's survived by her husband Aidan, son Evan, parents Pauline and MJ O'Hara, sisters, brothers and extended family.

    Campaigner Vickkey Phelan is among those who have paid tributes to her, as a friend, fellow cervical cancer warrior and campaigner.



  • Victims of the cervical smear scandal are being remembered tomorrow (Sunday), Nollaig na mBan, with a candlelight vigil on Eyre Square in Galway organised by the Galway Council of Trade Unions.

    Following the publication of the Scally Report into the scandal, the Galway Council of Trade Unions decided to remember and pay tribute to the late Emma Mhic Mhathuna and other victims of the scandal on the day which traditionally celebrates women.

    The Council is calling on public representatives to ensure that all 50 recommendations made in the Scally Report be implemented so that this could never happen again.

    Marian Spelman, President of the Galway Council of Trade Unions says it is imperative that the Government secures a licence for quality cervical smear testing in Ireland or at least in Europe and make it available to Irish women.

    They are also inviting local public representatives and councillors to join the vigil on Sunday at 6pm to show their support and willingness to keep this on the agenda until the Scally recommendations have been implemented.

    Ms Spelman told Midwest News that the candlelight vigil isn’t confined to women as the cervical screening scandal had affected men and women.