11 Limerick patients in smear test failure

University Maternity Hospital Limerick
University Maternity Hospital Limerick

ELEVEN women who were patients at the Limerick Maternity hospital are among those whose original cervical smear tests produced a false negative.

According to documents released to the Public Accounts Committee by the HSE, the women whose tests proved deficient included whistleblower, Vicky Phelan.


The eleven women were among the 209 who went on to develop cervical cancer following a false negative smear test and who should have been told that the early false negative had been detected.

It is not clear whether all of them are from Limerick or if some are from Clare and Tipperary, attending the Ennis Road hospital as their nearest centre.

A package of supports will be made available to the women and families impacted by the failed tests.