Simon Coveney sorry for 'shameful' treatment of Vicky Phelan

Cancer patient settlement €2.5M by High Court

He was speaking in the wake of a High Court settlement to a woman who was given incorrect test results and is now terminally ill with cervical cancer.

She was diagnosed with cervical cancer around the same time but she only found out about that review past year.

"I've asked the director-general of the HSE to review the operation of Cervical Check against best worldwide practice".

"This offer an important opportunity to maintain and improve the quality of the programme and is in line with worldwide best practice", she said.

Dr Coffey added that the best available test for screening for cervical cancer is a smear test, but it is not the ideal test.

She had another spread test in June 2014 and when it was sent off for examination it demonstrated a high review sore and Ms Phelan was alluded to an advisor.

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

In January, she was given between six and twelve months to live and she, along with her husband Jim, sued the lab and the HSE.

After approving the settlement, Mr. J Cross turned to face Ms. Phelan and said: "if anyone can beat this, you can".

"There are a number of cases which are identical, as I said, they have gone on to develop cancer".

The court was asked to make directions in relation to the part of the settlement which is for the Phelan children, Amelia (12) and seven-year-old Darragh.

The case against the HSE was struck out and the settlement was only against the USA laboratory Clinical Pathology Laboratories Inc, Austin, Texas.

A young Kilkenny mother says she hopes she'll now be able to buy herself some more time with her children.

"If I die, I truly hope that won't be the case, the money will provide for my family".

The settlement was without admission of liability.



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