High Court judge says facts of the case taken by relatives of late Irene against labs and HSE ‘dark and disturbing’
Two screening laboratories have admitted in the High Court that they were in breach of their duty when they each failed to report abnormalities in the smear tests of a woman who later died of cervical cancer.
Irene Teap was 35 when she died in July 2017 after being diagnosed with stage 2 cancer in September 2015. She had received negative smear test results in 2010 and 2013.
Her widower, Stephen Teap, and their sons Oscar and Noah settled their legal claims for personal injuries, severe psychiatric upset, loss and damage on Thursday against the Health Service Executive and the two laboratories. Mr Teap further claimed Ms Teap’s death was caused or permitted to be sustained by the defendants’ negligence and breach of duty.