What Minister Simon Harris was told ahead of Vicky Phelan case

Government grilled over CervicalCheck controversy after Limerick woman's battle

The examination, conducted by national director of quality assurance at the HSE Patrick Lynch, confirmed 17 of these women have died.

The Chairperson of the HSE Serious Incident Management Team said 162 of the 208 women affected by the screening controversy were not told that a review had been conducted by CervicalCheck, or of the outcome.

Emails released in the Phelan case showed that the CervicalCheck program had advised some doctors not to tell their patients about the 2014 review, arguing that finding out about the false negatives would not affect their current treatment. The next step will be to publish its Terms of Reference, which will be in about a fortnight's time.

The National Screening Service assured the Department of Heath that no quality issues has arisen in relation the U.S. laboratory that performed the 2011 test.

"It was not clear until after the details of the case became public that this process was not ensuring that women were informed and once I became aware of that I ordered immediate change", he said.

The legal case led to confirmation from the HSE that the CervicalCheck programme had been notified of 1,482 cases of women who had developed cervical cancer since 2008.

Last week, Ms Phelan settled her High Court action against a U.S. laboratory for €2.5m. "I don't believe that", she said.

In an interview on RTÉ's Ray D'Arcy programme, Ms Phelan said she knew when she took her case that there were other women involved but she could "never have imagined the magnitude" of the problem.

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"And by God I'm going to take these guys on".

"But in all the debate that is ongoing it is important that we do not lose sight of the fact that the cancer screening programme has saved the lives of many, many women".

Deputy Donnelly said, "It's completely unacceptable that women affected by these screening errors continue to be left in the dark".

A helpline, which has been established by the HSE, has received more than 6,000 calls.

The cause of death of those 17 women is not yet known. Nor is it a group of women wondering if they have cancer.

That figure of 208 women affected now appears to be significantly higher.

The HSE has said it will provide further information and updates over the coming days on cervicalcheck.ie and anyone with concerns may contact the CervicalCheck information phone line on 1800 45 45 55.

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