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'Their mum is gone forever'

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018 4:26pm

The widower of a Cork woman who died from cervical cancer last summer was informed by the HSE last week that two of her smear tests had produced false negative results.

Stephen Teap from Carrigaline said: “To say I’m devastated by this news is an understatement, there are truly no words. When I look at my two little boys this week I’m overwhelmed with emotion as all the ‘what ifs’ come flooding through my mind as I try to come to terms with how different their lives could have been. The reality is their mum is gone forever and this could have been prevented.”

In addition to the terrible news, he said, he also learned that the HSE was in possession of this information last July, three weeks before Irene died.

It had made the conscious decision not to pass this information onto the couple or Irene’s GP, he said.

He said in a Facebook post: “If it wasn’t for the very brave and strong Vicky Phelan we would never have known about these incorrect readings, it doesn’t matter how you interpret this information, this is what you call a cover up,” Stephen contended.

“We have to stand up for the women in Ireland and fix this before more lives are lost,” he said.

Stephen maintained that Tony O’Brien, head of the HSE, has to go.

He said the government also had a duty of care to address the fear and uncertainty that has been inflicted on the women of Ireland .

A full review of every woman’s most recent smear should be carried out to ensure there were no further misreadings, Stephen said.

The government needs to do this now to take control of the investigation into this scandal, he contended.

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