Trailblazers: The Irish mother who exposed a cervical cancer scandal – BBC News

Trailblazers: The Irish mother who exposed a cervical cancer scandal - BBC News



Vicky Phelan is an Irish mother of two who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer after receiving false smear test results.

It was Vicky who exposed the cervical cancer scandal in Ireland in April when she settled a High Court action for €2.5 million.

After settling her case against the Health service and American Laboratory (who the tests were outsourced to) she refused to sign a confidentiality agreement.

It has now emerged that 162 women with cervical cancer had not been informed about the past false tests.

Of 209 women who could have had earlier intervention, 20 have died. Vicky has said ‘I don’t want my death to be in vain’ and has been campaigning to bring the cover up to light and get justice for the women involved.

Because of her work Health Minister Simon Harris has launched an inquiry into the controversy, and mandatory disclosures have been introduced.

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