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Cervical cancer scandal: Women affected to receive €2,000 payment

Vicky Phelan, the cancer patient whose case triggered the cervical smear test controversy in the Republic. Picture by Brian Lawless, Press Association

IRISH women and families impacted by the cervical cancer controversy are to receive a payment of €2,000 following the publication of a report into the scandal.

The Republic's health minister Simon Harris said that each woman involved and families of women who have died will get an immediate payment in light of the first findings of the Scally Inquiry.

The inquiry was set up following the failure to inform patients of wrongly-interpreted smear test results.

Mr Harris said the payment recognised the importance that women do not encounter any financial obstacles to participating in the scoping inquiry.

The payment to women and families impacted by the cervical cancer controversy is "not a redress and not compensation", Mr Harris said.

He made the comments following the publication of the first progress report into the scandal.

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The chair of the inquiry, Dr Gabriel Scally, met the health minister on Monday and handed over two reports.

There are six recommendations contained in the reports, including the immediate assistance payment of 2,000 euro to each woman involved and families of women who have died.

Health minister Simon Harris. Picture by Niall Carson, Press Association

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