Simon Harris to organise free repeat smear tests after cervical cancer controversy

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'For any woman who has had a CervicalCheck smear test and where her GP feels she should have a further test as part of her reassurance, the Minister has asked CervicalCheck to make the necessary arrangements, including payment provision, ' the Department said in a statement on Saturday.

Today, Mr Justice Cross said he was delighted that the case had settled and said to Ms Phelan: "If anyone can beat this, you can".

"The story of Vicky Phelan's missed cancer diagnosis and its subsequent escalation to terminal cervical cancer is extremely upsetting and worrying".

This morning, Mr. J Kevin Cross was told the case against the lab had been settled for €2.5m with no admission of liability and the case against the HSE could be struck out.

The revelations came to light after Ms Phelan, 43, was awarded €2.5 million after her 2011 smear test was wrongly deemed clear.

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.

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Ms. McElhinney said: "They receive a report that the slides and the smears are clear, when in fact cancer has begun or the abnormalities have begun".

It was claimed the alleged failure to diagnose the 2011 smear test sample caused a situation whereby Ms Phelan's cancer was allowed to develop and spread unidentified, unmonitored and untreated until she was diagnosed with cancer in July 2014.

The Clinical Director of CervicalCheck, Dr Gráinne Flannelly has stood down from her position tonight, in the wake of the controversy over smear test results.

"A cancer diagnosis is one of the most, if not the most, hard experiences a person and their family can deal with".

The helpline is one of a number of measures announced amid concerns over Cervical Check.

"It has helped reduce the cervical cancer rate nationally at a rate of 7% per year. No woman should have to wait this long for information relevant to their care", it said. "This will further reduce the risk of cervical cancer and improve identification of the risk of cervical cell abnormalities", the charity said.