Trailblazers: The Irish mother who exposed a cervical cancer scandal – BBC News

Vicky Phelan exposed the CervicalCheck screening scandal in Ireland, after discovering she was not told she had been given incorrect smear test results.
She settled the case, with no admission of liability on the part of the laboratory or health services. But she refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement and it was discovered that hundreds of women could have benefitted from earlier treatment. Twenty women have since died.

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It has now emerged that 162 women with cervical cancer had not been informed about the past false tests.

Of 209 women who could have had earlier intervention, 20 have died. Vicky has said ‘I don’t want my death to be in vain’ and has been campaigning to bring the cover up to light and get justice for the women involved.

Because of her work Health Minister Simon Harris has launched an inquiry into the controversy, and mandatory disclosures have been introduced.

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