smear tests

  • Around 6 thousand women who had smear tests carried out by CervicalCheck are to be re-tested after a problem with one of its labs.

    According to the Irish Independent, the lab developed an issue with its HPV screening which could lead to a risk of abnormalities being missed.

    Meanwhile, the Dail heard yesterday that waiting times for cervical smear tests were at crisis levels.

  • Some of the women identified in the recent national smear test audit as having died, were from the HSE West regional Health Forum catchment area.

    That was confirmed yesterday by Saolta Group Executive Chairman Tony Canavan at the HSE West Forum meeting in Merlin Park, however, he was not prepared to identify the victims any further.

    209 women nationally were identified in the audit as having incorrect smear test results and should have been recommended earlier for follow-up treatments.

    Standing Orders were suspended at the start of yesterday’s gathering as the Chairperson of the Forum, Headford based councillor Mary Hoade together with other councillors  sought clarification on the number  of women involved in the smear test controversy that were from western counties.

    Tony Canavan told the meeting some of the 17 women who have died nationwide are from the HSE western region, and some are among the 209 identified as having received incorrect results.

    He assured councillors that hospitals in the region are working with the serious incident management team to ensure all women affected are contacted.

    Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade told Midwest today that it is reasonable not to identify the women affected any further, and added she is pleased that the Scoping Inquiry is proceeding, as announced by government, to look at a random number of more recent smear tests.

  • It's emerged a medical lab that takes up to seven months to process smear tests for the HSE has been fast-tracking the results for private patients.

    MedLab in Sandyford has been able to turn around the cervical cancer tests in just two weeks for private patients, according to the Sunday Business Post.

    There's currently a backlog of 78-thousand smear test samples for public patients, and the HSE says there's no extra lab capacity to deal with it.

  • Another 1,500 women who've developed cancer may have to have their smear tests audited.

    Health Minister Simon Harris told the Dáil the number of women who've developed cancer and haven't had their smear tests rechecked may be double the amount originally thought.

    Many were cases of people who weren't examined by CervicalCheck, which was why they were not included in the initial figures.

    Minister Harris says they're still trying to establish the number of women affected:


    More time's being given to women to avail of a scheme to get free access to more smear tests.

    According to the Irish Independent, it'll now be available up to the end of this year.

    The screenings have been provided since May, as women sought reassurance following the Cervical Check controversy.