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After Vicky Phelan’s High Court case, the Government launched a clinical review of the smears of all women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer since Ireland’s screening programme was set up in 2008.
The Government commissioned the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in the UK to carry out this review.
Further to this, in this morning’s Irish Times.
Paul Cullen reports:
Large numbers of previously missed abnormalities have been uncovered in the biggest review of smear tests undertaken since cervical cancer screening began in Ireland.
The review led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in the UK has found hundreds of “discordant” results after re-examining the slides of over 1,000 women who had been tested for the disease under CervicalCheck, were given the all-clear and later developed cancer, according to an informed source.
Discordant means the re-examination of the smear test by Royal College reviewers has produced a result that is different from the original finding by CervicalCheck.
The extent of the individual divergences from the initial results is not yet known, but the review has found some cancers could have been prevented, it is understood.
The CervicalCheck Patient Support Group 221+ has tweeted:
The agreggate report of the RCOG Review is due to be published once all of the women who particpated have been informed of their results. If you participated in the review and are in need of support please feel free to get in touch with us – email@example.com.