Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (158)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

158. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Health if the figure of 221 women being adversely affected by the CervicalCheck issues is accurate; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48806/18]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

This question relates to operational issues, and accordingly I have asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.

However, the Deputy might note that, as advised at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health recently, the HSE will shortly commence a validation exercise to ensure data held by the National Screening Service in relation to the 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck audit is fully up to date. This will, for example, help with planning support needs for patients.

It should be noted that this piece of work is not an audit but, rather, aims to ensure the information already held is updated appropriately.