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CervicalCheck: at least 120 women to receive €20,000 each

At least 120 women who were not told of an audit of their smear tests under the CervicalCheck screening programme are to receive ex-gratia payments of €20,000 each.

The Cabinet approved the payments for non-disclosure of the CervicalCheck audit, which are in line with the recommendation of an independent panel, at its weekly meeting on Tuesday.





Department of Health has written to affected women telling them to expect payment of the compensation shortly. “The scheme remains open, and those individuals who have not yet applied can still do so,” the letter advises. The payments will be made to women who apply and where the independent panel has determined that appropriate disclosure did not take place.


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According to last year’s Scally report on the controversy, of the 204 women then known to have been affected, disclosure of the audit occurred in just 43 cases. In most of the 161 cases of non-disclosure, no reason for this was recorded.


The department said 121 women had applied. In the cases of 90, non-disclosure was determined so payments are expected quickly.


Optional tribunal


Separately, Minister for Health Simon Harris brought to Cabinet legislation to establish a tribunal for women affected by the controversy. The proposal follows recommendations of Mr Justice Charles Meenan and will establish an adjudicative tribunal.


The tribunal, which will be chaired by Ms Justice Mary Irvine, will be optional. Women, or their next of kin, can still choose to go to court. The tribunal’s hearings will be held in private, unless the woman or the next of kin requests they be held in public. A plan for “trust meetings” will also be discussed at Cabinet.


The tribunal will be expected to facilitate these meetings, and they will allow the women, or the next of kin, to discuss their experiences in relation to CervicalCheck. The content of these meetings will not be used in any legal proceedings but a report on these matters can be sent to the Minister. The establishment of a tribunal was first recommended by Justice Meenan in a report that was given to Government last October.

Financial Blueprint of a Medical Negligence Case


Medical Negligence and personal injury cases are often a topic of conversation in Ireland. A case is built on the strength of expert reports and testimony. The ancillary costs are driven up by lack of access to salient medical records and details. This further underlines the need for mandatory disclosure and the need for patients to have live access to their own updated medical records.


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*In contentious business, a solicitor may not calculate fees or other charges as a percentage or a proportion of any award or settlement.


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