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€2.5m settlement for terminally-ill woman whose cancer was missed

30 April 2018, 02:20 | Louis Holland

Vicky Phelan leaves court after the announcement of a settlement

Vicky Phelan leaves court after the announcement of a settlement

However this was incorrect and by the time she had another smear test in 2014, she had cervical cancer.

It is amid revelations that more than 200 reviews of tests suggested women with cervical cancer should have received "earlier intervention".

The official defence documents filed by the HSE in Ms Phelan's case show that the state was also denying it had any duty of care towards her husband, who also took part in the action against the HSE and the U.S. lab which carried out the misread test.

Viewers at home were shocked at Miss Phelan's story but also inspired by her courage in not backing down against the programme which reportedly gave her the wrong results.

The HSE has confirmed that 1,482 cases of cervical cancer were notified to Cervical Check since it started the national programme 10 years ago.

A High Court action taken by Ms Phelan and her husband Jim Phelan against the Health Service Executive and Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc, Austin, Texas, began last week.

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Speaking outside the court afterwards, Ms Phelan said there were no winners in the proceedings.

Harris took to Twitter on Saturday to share the news of the repeat tests on offer, which, according to him, will be paid for by the State.

Mr Harris said he had not been aware that other women were involved when he was first told about Ms Phelan's case.

Earlier this week, she settled her High Court action against a USA laboratory for €2.5 million.

She had another smear test in June 2014 and when it was sent off for analysis it showed a high grade lesion and Ms Phelan was referred to a consultant.

Simon Harris has said he does not know how many women may have died from the recent cervical smear controversy.

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It was further claimed she was deprived of the opportunity of timely and effective investigation and management of her condition and deprived of the opportunity of treatment at a time when her disease was amenable to curative treatment.

"It has helped reduce the cervical cancer rate nationally at a rate of 7% per year".

"Despite these achievements, every diagnosis of cervical cancer is one too many and we acknowledge the impact of this disease on women and their families".

The HSE said treating clinicians were informed about these findings and were asked to communicate with their patients directly where clinically appropriate.

Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer.

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