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In the wake of Vicky Phelan’s case in April of last year, and the subsequent fall-out, the Government commissioned a team from the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to review more than 1,000 CervicalCheck slides.
This report, due to go before Cabinet today, is also expected to be published today.
However, this morning Fergal Bowers reported on RTÉ that some of the key campaigners in the 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group will not be attending the RCOG briefing.
Mr Bowers reports:
RTÉ News has learned of concerns by some women about RCOG review reports that had to be returned by the HSE to the UK team, due to apparent inaccuracies or omissions.
In some cases, slides were mislabelled, women were told their original smear test result was correct, only to be later given a different result.
In other cases, women were told their original slide was not available for review and later told their slide had become available.
Paul Cullen in The Irish Times reports:
Another 60 women have applied to join the support group for those affected by the CervicalCheck controversy after an independent review of their smear tests found abnormalities were missed.
The women are among hundreds who have received a “discordant” result from a review of their slides led by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) in the UK.
This means the review – which re-examined the slides of more than 1,000 women who had been tested for the disease under CervicalCheck, were given the all-clear and later developed cancer – produced a result that was different from the original finding by CervicalCheck, with possible implications for the women’s treatment and health outcomes.