Women in Donegal may have received incorrect smear results

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The National Association of General Practitioners welcomed the call for re-tests, saying "it is extremely important that this is available for any patient who is anxious and wants to have repeat test for reassurance".

The clinical director of CervicalCheck - Grainne Flannely - says it's vital that women continue to be screened.

In a statement, Dr Flannelly apologised, and said: 'I am sorry that recent events caused distress and worry to women.

Professor Gráinne Flannelly, the clinical director of the Cervical Check programme, has announced she is standing down from her role.

The 206 women whose smear tests were misread should have been referred on for further investigation, including an invasive diagnostic procedure or repeat smear, which could have picked up their cancer and led to earlier treatment. I have chose to step aside to allow the Programme to continue it's important work'.

Over 200 women diagnosed with cervical cancer should have received earlier intervention than they did, figures released by the HSE suggest.

Mooncoin woman, Vicky Phelan says at least three women affected by incorrect smear test results have contacted her.

She revealed that Simon Harris had called her personally to apologise for the health service letting her down.

In addition to seeking detailed information about the state of her health, they also asked her to specifically prove that she was likely to die earlier than expected as a result of her mishandled smear test. In advance of the peer review being completed it is considered essential that the remainder of the leadership team of the programme remain in situ.

THE MOTHER OF TWO appeared on Saturday's Ray D'Arcy show to tell her heartbreaking story of a delayed cervical cancer diagnosis.

Earlier on Saturday, Mr Harris's Department of Health confirmed that it had advised CervicalCheck to arrange for additional smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System say they need them - at the cost of the State.

This week Mrs Phelan was awarded €2.5 million from the high Court, which she said would go towards making her final days more comfortable for her and her two young children.

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