THE HSE HAS said 18 women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy have died. The previous figure was 17 women.
In a statement released this evening, the HSE said 203 of the 209 women (or their families) whose smear test results could have been incorrect have been contacted.
“Most women have at this stage been contacted and meetings either held or arranged to discuss the audit and the response with them. 18 of the 209 women are deceased and where this is the case their family/next of kin are being contacted,” the HSE said.
The organisation added that its Serious Incident Management Team (SIMT) “has been working to respond to the failings revealed by the CervicalCheck audit”.
“The HSE is working with the National Cancer Registry of Ireland and the Department of Health to identify any other women who had cervical cancer during this time, who may also have had a CervicalCheck test.”
More than 16,500 calls have been answered by the HSE’s CervicalCheck freephone helpline since 28 April.