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The Minister for Health says repeat smear tests to be offered to six thousand women are a precautionary measure.

Minister Simon Harris met with the HSE today to be updated on the issue.

He says he was informed that there was an exceedingly low clinical risk for those involved.

Letters will be issued to the affected women and their GPs next week.

Sinn Fein's Health Spokesperson Louise O'Reilly is encouraging anyone who's concerned to see their doctor:

I would say to any woman if she has any concerns at all, if she is in any way symptomatic, then she should go and talk with her GP regardless, don't wait for a lteer.

If you get the letter attend your appointment as normal.

Stephen Teap, who's wife Irene died from cervical cancer ,says the HSE has reassured him that the risk to women is low.

However, cervicalc heck victim Lorraine Walsh says it's concerning for the women of Ireland.

Here we are again in a situation where we have a screening system that is not fit for purpose.

I think the words of Gabrial Saclly have rang in my ears all morning, when he said that the screening system was doomed to fail.


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