€2.5m settlement for terminally-ill woman whose cancer was missed

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Today, Mr Justice Cross said he was delighted that the case had settled and said to Ms Phelan: "If anyone can beat this, you can".

The case against the lab was settled for €2.5 million yesterday and speaking outside the court the Mooncoin woman outlined what she plans to do with it.

"I am terminally-ill and there is no cure for my cancer".

THE HSE HAS issued an apology after a helpline for women to ring who may have concerns about past cervical checks was down for 90 minutes this morning due to a technical issue.

Simon Harris has confirmed that the State will facilitate repeat smear tests for women.

Fianna Fail health spokesman Stephen Donnelly said the Government still has many questions to answer over the handling "of a litany of errors relating to the cervical cancer screening programme".

Earlier on Saturday Minister for Health Simon Harris told CervicalCheck to facilitate further smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System feel it is necessary.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has now established a review of the process, to establish how the scandal was allowed to unfold.

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The court heard that regardless of her terminal finding Ms Phelan is attempting another treatment in the US.

It's understood that if these women had been referred onwards, the cancer could have been prevented or treated earlier.

"A cancer diagnosis is one of the most, if not the most, hard experiences a person and their family can deal with". The Society has full confidence in the service, which we expect will progress from smear to HPV testing as a first-line test in the near future.

"No diagnostic test or screening service is 100% reliable, but what should be the number one priority for all aspects of the health service is the patient and their care".

Vicky Phelan was diagnosed with cancer three years after her smear test results of 2011 were incorrectly reported as clear of abnormalities.

Prof Shepherd was also asked about correspondence between Cervical Check and doctors treating Ms Phelan and other women which appear to show a difference of opinion about who should inform the patients of the mistakes that had been uncovered.

The charity added that any woman affected by this story who needs support can speak to trained cancer nurses on 1800 200 700.