Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (34)

Alan Kelly


34. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the reason the second Scally report into the cervical cancer scandal is delayed; and when it will be published. [11795/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Following the publication of the Report of the Scoping Inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme on 12 September, Dr Gabriel Scally committed to providing a supplementary report into certain further aspects of the laboratories, such as procurement, quality and accreditation arrangements, and governance structures. The Terms of Reference for this report were published on my Department's website on 26 October 2018.

As outlined in my response to Parliamentary Question number 434 of 25 February 2019, Dr Scally has advised me that the breadth and complexity of the issues involved in the supplementary report require further time for analysis. Dr Scally has also advised that he has found no reason to revise the view taken in his earlier report, that as far as can be ascertained, all the current laboratories have performance which is acceptable in their country. I look forward to receiving Dr Scally's report in the coming weeks, after which I intend to bring the report to Government, arrange for patient representatives to be briefed, and publish it.