THE CLINICAL DIRECTOR of Cervical Check, Dr Gráinne Flannelly has informed the HSE that she is to stand aside from her position.
The HSE said treating clinicians were informed about these findings and were asked to communicate with their patients directly where clinically appropriate.
The Irish Times reported on Saturday that Dr Flannelly had advised a Limerick gynaecologist to file some audited smear test results rather than to tell women in certain cases that all-clear smear tests they had received years earlier were wrong.
"I have chose to step aside to allow the programme to continue it's important work", she said.
A full review into the cervical screening programme has been announced.
She revealed that Simon Harris had called her personally to apologise for the health service letting her down.
The HSE is confident that, in keeping with the usual principles of natural justice, the Minister would expect that this peer review would be completed and appropriate procedures followed before there is any judgement passed on the role of the clinical and managerial leadership of the programme.
A 43-year-old woman who was given mistaken test outcomes and is now critically ill with cervical cancer has settled her High Court activity against a USA lab for €2.5m.
The HSE confirmed on Saturday the rest of the management would remain in place while this review was ongoing.
Mrs Phelan was recently awarded €2.5m in a High Court action against a U.S. laboratory, after being given the wrong smear test results, leading to a delay in her cancer diagnosis.
Ms Phelan, a 43-year-old mother of two, has since been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the court case heard she may have only months to live.
Minister for Health Simon Harris on Saturday told CervicalCheck to facilitate further smear tests for women whose Global Positioning System feel it is necessary.
This week Mrs Phelan was awarded €2.5 million from the high Court, which she said would go towards making her final days more comfortable for her and her two young children.
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