Tuesday, December 03, 2019

A review of 1,000 women’s CervicalCheck slides has found that in around 30% of cases, it recorded a different result to the original finding.

For 159 women, including 12 who have died, it means there were missed opportunities to prevent or diagnose their cancer earlier.

The UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ report disagrees with the smear test results for 308 women with cancer.

It was ordered by the Government in May last year, after a series of scandals affecting CervicalCheck.

Lead Assessor, Professor Henry Kitchener, outlines some of the clinical failures.

“There were 106 cases where we felt (concerned) a failure to prevent the cancer…Many of those failures to prevent applied to very early stage disease.

“In one third of the cases (53 cases), there was a failure to prevent or to diagnose (cancer) at an earlier stage.

“A nminority of the women having advanced stage – clearly the consequences for these women were not inconsiderable.”

In the Dáil Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has admitted he did not handle the CervicalCheck controversy as well as he could have initially.

“I for one, looking back on it , did not handle it in the way perhaps I should have. I made some mistakes. I think government and Opposition did too. As Dr Scally pointed out in his report, the media did too.

“I hope on this occasion we’ll all handle it a little bit better than we did two years ago.

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