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Cervical cancer test results in Ireland not sent to 4,000 women

More than 4,000 women in the Republic of Ireland were not told the results of cervical cancer smear tests due to an IT problem, a report has revealed.

It found in about 870 of the cases, results letters were not issued to the women or their GP. In the other 3,200 cases the results were issued to GPs, but not the women. The report concluded there was not proper due diligence and risk assessment in appointing a new lab as a cervical check test facility.

Quest Diagnostics Chantilly Laboratory was appointed in an effort to help clear a major backlog of cervical cancer test samples. This, the review said, was well intentioned but no testing took place to see if it could be seamlessly integrated into the way the system operated.

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Source: BBC News, 6 August 2019


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