Thursday, 3 July 2014

Questions (183, 205, 208, 212)

Simon Harris

Question:

183. Deputy Simon Harris asked the Minister for Health his plans to extend BreastCheck to women aged between 65 and 69 years as per the commitment in the programme for Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28763/14]

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Anne Ferris

Question:

205. Deputy Anne Ferris asked the Minister for Health in view of the commitment given in the programme for Government, when he will extend BreastCheck screening to women aged between 65 and 69; if he will ensure that funding is provided for this extension of breast screening; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28859/14]

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Ann Phelan

Question:

208. Deputy Ann Phelan asked the Minister for Health if he will extend the free screening service provided by BreastCheck, to women aged between 65 and 69; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28875/14]

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Niall Collins

Question:

212. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Health when he will implement the 2011 programme for Government promise to extend the free BreastCheck screening service to women aged between 65 and 69; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28889/14]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 183, 205, 208 and 212 together.

The BreastCheck Programme provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64. A priority of the BreastCheck Programme at present is to maximise national uptake in the 50-64 year age cohort.

It is my intention to extend the upper age range to include the 65-69 age cohort as soon as possible in line with available resources.