Tuesday 20 August 2019

Now 117 legal actions relating to cervical cancer scandal


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Cormac McQuinn

Cormac McQuinn

There are now 117 legal actions arising from the cervical cancer screening scandal, the Dáil's public spending watchdog has been told.

Issues in the screening service were first revealed last year after a case taken by Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan. It emerged that women included in a CervicalCheck audit had not had their audit results disclosed to them and 221 women were affected by this.

State Claims Agency director Ciarán Breen told the Dáil's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that there were 117 legal claims as of June 27. He said: "There are three further potential claims. Seven cases have been settled, one of which is finalised."

National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) boss Conor O'Kelly, whose organisation oversees the SCA, said: "We've never had a situation like we had in 2018."

He said that while technicalities and legal positions would be discussed at the PAC, "it has to be seen in light of the extraordinary devastation and grief caused to so many women".

TDs were told that medical negligence legal actions of all kinds against the State could result in liabilities of more than €2.3bn and the cost of such cases is rising.

One of these cases alone recently cost €32.5m.

Irish Independent

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