A TD from Westmeath says women must be able to have confidence in the Cervical Check programme.
However this was incorrect and by the time she had another smear test in 2014, she had cervical cancer.
"I would like this evening to announce that I have taken a decision to stand aside from my role as Clinical Director of CervicalCheck with immediate effect".More news: Cutting, Duminy in as Mumbai opt to field
Her resignation comes after it was revealed that 206 women were wrongly diagnosed following routine smear tests. I have chose to step aside to allow the Programme to continue it's important work'. Some of these women are now dead from cervical cancer.
The HSE said it wished to acknowledge Professor Flannelly and to formally thank her for "the enormous dedication, contribution and expert knowledge" that she brought to the CervicalCheck Programme over the past 12 years.More news: Amazon Increases Prime Membership Price In US To $119 From $99
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now reviewing cases from hundreds of women in Ireland who may have been wrongly given negative results by the national cervical cancer screening programme. In advance of the peer review being completed it is considered essential that the remainder of the leadership team of the programme remain in situ.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Simon Harris has sent a new management team into CervicalCheck after expressing no confidence in the current management.
The HSE offered its thanks to Dr Flannelly for her work, saying "she has helped to introduce a programme that has saved the lives of countless women in Ireland through screening and early intervention and who would otherwise have died from cervical cancer".
THE MOTHER OF TWO appeared on Saturday's Ray D'Arcy show to tell her heartbreaking story of a delayed cervical cancer diagnosis.More news: QB Mayfield expected to go No. 1 to Browns