Nine new legal cases have been initiated against the National Screening Service by women claiming their cervical cancer was misdiagnosed.
The State Claims Agency has confirmed the number of legal claims has increased to 28, with a further two potential challenges and one closed case.
The development comes as the Cabinet meets this morning to sign off on legislation to implement mandatory open disclosure.
Minister for Health Simon Harris will bring the Heads of the Patient Safety Bill to Cabinet today, which will oblige medical professionals to disclose “serious reportable safety incidents” to those who have been harmed by them and to the Health Information and Quality Authority.
The figures on new cervical cancer cases sent to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee relate to the period up to June 18th and do not reflect the case of Emma Mhic Mhathúna, who settled her case for €7.5 million last week.
Director of the agency Ciarán Breen has warned that the figures are evolving as new claims are being received every day and cases are being settled.
The objective of the agency is to enter into mediation with all claimants, Mr Breen said, adding that four terminally-ill women have entered such a process.
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