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Stephen Teap, Vicky Phelan and Lorraine Walsh outside Leinster House after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar apologised to the victims of the CervicalCheck scandal in October

This afternoon.

Lorraine Walsh spoke to Ray D’Arcy on RTÉ Radio One about her resignation from the CervicalCheck steering committee.

At the end of her interview, she sent a shout-out to Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan who is currently receiving treatment in St Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin.

Ms Phelan was diagnosed with terminal cancer following a cervical smear test error.

She settled a case against Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc, Austin, Texas, for €2.5million in April of last year.

Ms Phelan’s refusal to sign a gagging order about her case led to the knowledge that more than 200 women diagnosed with cancer were not informed of an audit which revised their earlier, negative smear tests.

Just as her interview with Mr D’Arcy was about to wrap up, Ms Walsh said:

“Before I go, can I just say one last thing. I want to say hello to our very good friend, Vicky Phelan, who is listening from St Vincent’s Hospital today and is one of the women, as you all know, is caught up in the middle of this.

“But, you know, she’s in having treatment today. She was also in hospital yesterday so, you know, we forget sometimes that Vicky is fighting a battle and we’re behind you 100 per cent, Vicky.”

Listen back in full here

Earlier: “I Spoke To The Minister For Health About My Concerns”

Previously: ‘Tell That To My Children, And The Children Of Emma Mhic Mhathúna And Ruth Morrissey’

Rollingnews

From top: Minister for Health Simon Harris before the launch of the National Standards for Adult Safeguarding at the Richmond Event Centre, North Brunswich Street Dublin this morning; Lorraine Walsh on RTÉ One’s Prime Time last night

Lorraine Walsh on RTÉ’s Prime Time last night

Last night.

On RTÉ’s Prime Time, Lorraine Walsh announced that she was resigning from the CervicalCheck steering committee.

Ms Walsh, from Galway was one of the 221 women affected the CervicalCheck scandal last year and cannot conceive due to having had cervical cancer.

She was subsequently made one of the Government’s appointees to the CervicalCheck steering group.

Her announcement last night followed yesterday’s publication of a report by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), after it examined the slides of 1,000 women.

The RCOG found that in 159 cases there were missed opportunities to prevent or diagnose cancer earlier.

Ms Walsh told Prime Time last night that she felt she had no choice but to resign.

She also urged women to continue to attend screening services.

Ms Walsh said:

“There’s been so much, has been come out over the last number of months. But we learned a number of months ago that information that was coming through from RCOG to the HSE was inaccurate.

“So much so that the reports were delayed going back to women. Reports had to be returned to RCOG because of inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the reports. Even as late as early October, 581 reports – half of them had to be returned because the detail within them was inaccurate.

“And I had brought that information to the CervicalCheck steering committee, I brought my concerns to them. I spoke to the Minister for Health about my concerns. And I felt that I got to the stage where people weren’t listening to my concerns.

“So, I could do no other thing but to resign.”

Watch back in full (if you can get it to work) here

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan; Lorraine Walsh

This lunchtime.

RTÉ’s health correspondent Fergal Bowers, on foot of a Freedom of Information request, is reporting on correspondence he has seen between the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan and CervicalCheck patient advocate Lorraine Walsh from March of this year.

Ms Walsh, from Galway, who was one of the women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal last year, cannot conceive due to having had cervical cancer.

She is also one of the Government’s appointees to the CervicalCheck steering group.

Mr Bowers has reported that Dr Holohan – who is co-chairperson of the CervicalCheck Group – wrote to Ms Walsh on March 13  of this year taking issue with comments she had made on social media, and to print media, about him.

He reported the letter said her claims about him were “baseless” and it warned her that if she repeated the claims in public, there would be a “very strong response”.

He also asked her to withdraw the claims.

Mr Bowers reported that the letter was also released to Labour TD and the party’s health spokesperson Alan Kelly, following a parliamentary question and separate FOI request by him.

On RTÉ’s News At One, Labour TD Alan Kelly told Mr Bowers:

 “I sought this information under parliamentary question in early July. The department refused to give it to me. I had to chase this for two months.

“I had to repeatedly go to the Ceann Comhairle and it was only after the Ceann Comhairle wrote to the minister that basically, telling him, that this was against the constitutional responsibilities of a minister, that we’d got to a point where this information was released to me.

“I had no faith that this information was going to be given to me so I had to put in a Freedom of Information request on top of my parliamentary question.

“TDs shouldn’t have to put in Freedom of Information requests because they believe that their parliamentary questions are not going to be answered.”

Mr Bowers told News At One that a spokesperson for the Minister for Health Simon Harris said Mr Harris was not aware of the letter in advance of it being sent from Mr Holohan to Ms Walsh.

Walsh warned over repeating CervicalCheck management criticisms (RTE)

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Yesterday’s Sunday Business Post

Yesterday.

The Sunday Business Post published a lengthy interview with former chief of the HSE Tony O’Brien, his first interview since he left the organisation in May, following the cervical check scandal.

In the interview, Mr O’Brien said the Minister for Health Simon Harris acted like a “frightened little boy” during the CervicalCheck controversy and said he’s a weak minister obsessed with media coverage and “runs scared of headlines”.

He said the Public Accounts Committee acted like “a kangaroo court”, and he specifically accused Sinn Féin of being “destructive”.

He said Sinn Féin had “effectively swapped the balaclava for parliamentary privilege”, adding that “the bile and vitriol with which they attack public servants continuously is staggering”.

He also said he hoped a “sense of decorum and fairness would return to Irish political life and to the mainstream Irish media”.

Further to this…

Limerick mum-of-two Vicky Phelan has tweeted her thoughts on the interview.

In April Ms Phelan sued a US laboratory for misreading her cervical smear test and received a settlement of €2.5million in the High Court.

After Ms Phelan went public on the matter, it emerged that 221 women with cervical cancer, whose previous smear tests were reviewed after they received a diagnosis of cancer, were not told that their smear tests had actually been recategorised on review and that they could have been advised to have an earlier follow-up or warned of an increased risk of developing cancer.

Meanwhile, Cork dad-of-two Stephen Teap, whose late wife Irene was one of the 221 women, also responded to the article…

And Lorraine Walsh, from Galway, who is also one of the 221 women and who cannot have children as a result of her cervical cancer, also responded…

Ex-HSE chief: Harris is a weak minister, the PAC is a ‘kangaroo court’ (Susan Mitchell, Sunday Business Post)