Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar, University Hospital Sligo and Galway University Hospital are among the 13 hospitals nationally where women were not informed of a delay in their cervical cancer diagnosis
The HSE confirmed yesterday that 162 women – including 17 who have died ,are caught up in the latest cancer screening controversy.
A review conducted by the HSE confirmed 208 women should have received earlier intervention than they did but only 46 individuals were made aware of this.
The examination, conducted by national director of quality assurance at the HSE Patrick Lynch, confirmed 17 of these women have died. The cause of their deaths is not known.
Mr Lynch said he could not state if these women were informed of the delayed diagnosis before they died but insisted their next of kin would be contacted by today at the very latest.
All of the other women affected would also be informed by today and given an appointment with a clinician free of charge.
HSE director-general Tony O’Brien apologised to all of the women involved and to their families for the “completely unacceptable” practices.
This morning the government is expected to ask the health watchdog HIQA today to investigate the scandal and the way it was handled by the HSE.
Health Minister Simon Harris will also bring forward proposals to Cabinet today to make it mandatory for doctors to have to tell patients about things that may affect them.