The line was due to open at 9am but leads callers to a recorded message

Update


The Labour Party's called for the management of the Cervical Check programme to be removed.

It follows Health Minister Simon Harris' call for management to consider their position.

Meanwhile, free tests are being arranged for women who've had CervicalCheck smear tests and whose GP feels further testing would provide reassurance.

The Department of Health says the Health Minister has asked CervicalCheck to make the necessary arrangements - details of which will be confirmed next week.

CervicalCheck's helpline is up and running following an earlier technical glitch.

Callers were having difficulty getting through to the new helpline this morning, which was set up in light of over 200 screening errors with the national programme.

Health Minister Simon Harris tweeted to say the glitch "was the last thing anyone needed".

The HSE issued the following statement this afternoon:

 

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People trying to call CervicalCheck's new helpline this morning have been unable to get through due to a technical glitch.

The helpline launched at 9am and was set up in light of over 200 screening errors with the national programme.

The Department of Health says it's working to fix the issue as soon as possible.

People have been reacting on social media to the glitch:

The National Women's Council of Ireland says it's vital that women have confidence in screening programme and it's welcomed the decision to call an independent review.

Director Orla O'Connor says failures have been brought into the spotlight by the efforts of terminally ill Limerick woman, Vicky Phelan and lessons must be learnt.