2018 CervicalCheck cancer controversy
The 2018 CervicalCheck cancer controversy was a scandal that involved several woman in the Republic of Ireland suing the Health Service Executive for receiving incorrect smear test results for cervical cancer.
On 26 April 2018 the HSE confirmed that 206 women developed cervical cancer after having a misdiagnosed CervicalCheck smear test. In May, HSE director-general Tony O'Brien took temporary leave of absence from the board of a US medical company amid renewed calls for him to stand aside from his position due to the ongoing controversy. Tony O'Brien announced his resignation as director-general of the HSE with effect from close of business on 11 May.
Emma Mhic Mhathúna, a terminally ill mother of five children who was one of the women given an inaccurate negative test made national media headlines in May, including an interview on Morning Ireland. Appearing on The Late Late Show, she called for the HSE to be "dismantled and reassembled". Mhic Mhathúna passed away on 7 October 2018.
- "Mother-of-two sues HSE for alleged cervical cancer diagnosis delay". 19 April 2018.
- Aodha, Gráinne Ní. "CervicalCheck chief responds to test criticism: 'I'd be surprised if women didn't have questions'".
- "'I'm dying because of human error and that's disgusting'".
- "Smear test scandal: 206 women develop cancer after all-clear". Irish Independent. 27 April 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "HSE chief Tony O'Brien to take leave of absence from US board". Irish Times. 3 May 2015. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- "HSE boss Tony O'Brien steps down in wake of CervicalCheck scandal". Irish Independent. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- Power, Jack (1 May 2018). "'The doctor told me the smear results I got in 2013 were wrong'". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- Gleeson, Colin (11 May 2018). "Emma Mhic Mhathúna calls for HSE to be dismantled". Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- McQuinn, Cormac (10 May 2018). "State Claims Agency dealing with four alleged misdiagnosis cases involving BreastCheck, TDs told". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
- O'Regan, Eilish (2 May 2018). "Breast and bowel tests now under scrutiny as public fear screening". Irish Independent. Retrieved 12 May 2018.
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