• Elizabeth Archer

Vicky Phelan's fight for justice in the Irish CervicalCheck scandal


As she sat in the hospital room, Vicky Phelan was in shock. Her doctor had just broken the news that she had terminal cancer and had only a year to live.

“That day will be engraved on my memory forever,” says Vicky, 44.

“I was shell-shocked and terrified to think my kids might not have their mum.”

Her diagnosis was hard to accept as had it not been for an incorrect smear result in 2011, it could have been prevented.

In fact, she went on to discover that she was one of hundreds of women in Ireland who were given incorrect smear test results.

And although she was dying, she was determined to fight for justice.

She told me what drove her in her tireless battle.

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