Wednesday 13 November 2019

Search for smear-test victim in Ukraine

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Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A woman living in the Ukraine, who developed cervical cancer after getting a wrong smear test from CervicalCheck, remains untraced after a month-long search by the HSE.

She is among two women who are still in the dark about the search launched to find them in the wake of the CervicalCheck scandal.

Both are among the 209 women who were the subject of internal reviews by CervicalCheck which looked at their original tests again after they were notified they had developed cancer.

It was only when Vicky Phelan, the Limerick mother-of-two, took a High Court case that it emerged a majority of these women, or their relatives in cases where they passed away, had never been told of these internal reviews confirming they were the victim of an incorrect smear test result.

A spokeswoman for the HSE said its team is continuing to work full time making every effort to contact the remaining two women.


She said there are "complexities" involved in both cases.

"One of the women is understood to be living in the Ukraine.

"Significant efforts are ongoing to contact this woman including contacts through the Department of Foreign Affairs."

CervicalCheck's helpline has now received 21,414 calls in the last month. It has now responded to nearly all women, with 11,293 of the 11,371 who requested a callback contacted as of yesterday.

HSE staff have been assigned to liaise with women and families in the group of 209 to deliver a package of services, including medical cards, counselling and psychology supports.

Irish Independent

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