A 33-year-old mother-of-two, who is one of the 221 woman directly affected by the CervicalCheck controversy, has said she is angry and distressed over the delay in informing her that an audit had revealed issues with a smear test she underwent in 2010, a year before she was diagnosed with stage three cervical cancer.
Carol Murray, from Midleton in Co Cork, was briefed this morning by Dr Gabriel Scally on the findings of his investigation into the controversy.
Speaking to RTÉ News, Ms Murray said she feels anger and dismay that the information in relation to her 2010 smear test was not communicated to her. She said she feels wronged.
Ms Murray was diagnosed with cervical cancer in July 2011, and had to be treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, due to the advanced nature of her illness.
She said she believes she would not have contracted cancer had the issues with her 2010 smear test been picked up and acted upon at that time.
But, she said, instead of being referred immediately for further tests, she was told she did not have to return for six months, when she underwent another smear test.
Ms Murray is now free of cancer. She called for those who were responsible for keeping information in relation to the audit of smear tests from the 221 women involved to be held accountable.
She said women's lives had been lost and children were without their mothers. She said those who were responsible for that should be held accountable and should be fired, without being paid off.
Ms Murray said she had missed out on a lot of her life because of her illness and her treatment.
She described going through the menopause at the age of 26, and having to deal with the news that she would not be able to have any more children.
She said that her trust in the medical profession had been "knocked" and it would be very difficult to get that trust back.
Ms Murray said she was disgusted at the manner in which part of Dr Scally's report was leaked to the media in advance of its publication.
She said she felt the women at the centre of the controversy had been kept in the dark and if they wanted to know something they had to find it out through the media.