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CervicalCheck did not know Irish women's tests were sent for screening to Las Vegas

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 12/09/2018 Eilish O’Regan

CervicalCheck scandal victim Vicky Phelan. Photo: Colin O'Riordan © Provided by Irish Independent CervicalCheck scandal victim Vicky Phelan. Photo: Colin O'Riordan A lab used by CervicalCheck in Texas up to 2013 out-sourced tests to Las Vegas, Hawaii and Florida without telling the HSE, the Scally report revealed today.

The CPL lab in Austin is now to be the focus of a further investigation to see if safety was put at risk.

Dr Gabriel Scally said a CervicalCheck commission is not needed, according to reports (Niall Carson/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Dr Gabriel Scally said a CervicalCheck commission is not needed, according to reports (Niall Carson/PA) The revelations emerged in the report of Dr Gabriel Scally who spent months investigating the CervicalCheck scandal.

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He found a system beset with failings and found nobody was in charge at CervicalCheck.

Emma Mhic Mhathúna © Independent.ie Emma Mhic Mhathúna He concluded the system was “doomed to fail.”

The scandal emerged earlier this year after it was revealed 221 women who developed cervical cancer had their test results audited by CervicalCheck but the majority were never told.

The meeting heard a number of doctors were upset about havingthe onus put on them to tell patients about their individual reviewscarried out by CervicalCheck. The reviews found they had beenwrongly given the all-clear in their last smear test result. Stock image: The meeting heard a number of doctors were upset about having the onus put on them to tell patients about their individual reviews carried out by CervicalCheck. The reviews found they had been wrongly given the all-clear in their last smear test result. Stock image © Provided by Irish Independent The meeting heard a number of doctors were upset about having the onus put on them to tell patients about their individual reviews carried out by CervicalCheck. The reviews found they had been wrongly given the all-clear in their last smear test result. Stock image The audits found their test results were wrong.

Dr Scally is scathing about the failure to disclose the results to women for several years.

'Vicky Phelan, the woman terminally ill with cervical cancer who exposed the whole CervicalCheck audit debacle, criticised the failure of the HSE to provide Dr Scally with the contact details of all the 209 women, or their families in the cases of the 18 women who have died, affected by the audit, and the failure to directly inform the affected women of Dr Scally's review and give them his contact details.' Photo: Steve Humphreys © Provided by Irish Independent 'Vicky Phelan, the woman terminally ill with cervical cancer who exposed the whole CervicalCheck audit debacle, criticised the failure of the HSE to provide Dr Scally with the contact details of all the 209 women, or their families in the cases of the 18 women who have died, affected by the audit, and the failure to directly inform the affected women of Dr Scally's review and give them his contact details.' Photo: Steve Humphreys The audits only came to light after Vicky Phelan, the Limerick mother-of-two who is fighting advanced cancer took a High Court case.

In recent months some women and bereaved families who were given the reports by doctors were poorly treated.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he was never informed about a potential scandal relating to CervicalCheck while he was health minister. © press association Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said he was never informed about a potential scandal relating to CervicalCheck while he was health minister. When one woman asked how she would find out more information she was told “watch the news.”

Dr Scally’s 170 page report contains fifty recommendations for an overhaul of the screening programme.

He said the existing laboratories used by CervicalCheck all met quality assurance standards and should continue to be used.

Simon Harris said the US lab at the centre of Ms Phelan’s case was no longer being used by Ireland’s national CervicalCheck screening programme (Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA): Simon Harris said the US lab at the centre of Ms Phelan’s case was no longer being used by Ireland’s national CervicalCheck screening programme (Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA) © Provided by The Press Association Simon Harris said the US lab at the centre of Ms Phelan’s case was no longer being used by Ireland’s national CervicalCheck screening programme (Lorraine O'Sullivan/PA) Health Minister Simon Harris said the catalogue of failings in the Scally CervicalCheck report amounted to a breach of trust.

Failure to disclose audits of test results after they developed cancer caused huge distress and was due to various reasons including confusion on the part of doctors .

Terminally ill mother-of-five Emma Mhic Mhathúna has been caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal. Photo: Don MacMonagle © Provided by Irish Independent Terminally ill mother-of-five Emma Mhic Mhathúna has been caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal. Photo: Don MacMonagle But he insisted the failings did not put women having tests at risk of harm.

The current labs meet quality assurance standards and women can trust them.

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