Updated: 16/05/18 : 06:41:21
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More women contacted by HSE in relation to CervicalCheck controversy

The HSE has contacted two more women affected by the CervicalCheck controversy.

The latest audit update shows it has made contact with 205 women and families so far out of the 209 women whose test could have provided a different result.

18 of them have died and where this is the case their family and next of kin are being contacted.

The health authority says it will end the matching process with the National Cancer Registry in the next week.

To date, 7,103 calls have been returned.

Meanwhile, new documents show CervicalCheck told doctors to use their own judgement about whether to tell women about the audits of their cancer smear tests.

They warned in some cases revealing to a woman with cancer that she had a false negative may have done more harm than good.

The documents also show the head of the scoping inquiry into what happened has expressed concern about the fevered atmosphere around CervicalCheck, and how it might affect his investigation.

Dr Gabriel Scally says key figures are distracted by having to appear before Oireachtas committees.

Dr Scally told the Secretary General of the Department of Health he has met with Vicky Phelan and will shortly be requesting information from the parties involved in the investigation.

But he said to do his work he needs the full attention and co-operation of the key individuals involved in CervicalCheck, the Department of Health and the HSE.

Dr Scally said he was concerned the fevered atmosphere surrounding the scandal may inhibit that.