Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (704)

Stephen Donnelly


704. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) who has developed cervical cancer after she was given a false negative result by CervicalCheck can be given the supports and facilities provided to the patients in the official 221 Plus group despite the fact that her diagnosis was not as a result of the audit undertaken by CervicalCheck but arose instead after her referral to a gynaecologist. [24240/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

In May 2018, Government decided to provide a package of primary and social care supports for 221 women affected by the CervicalCheck issues and their families. This package of measures will also be provided to any woman identified through the ongoing Independent Clinical Expert Review as having discordant smear results on review.

The Independent Clinical Expert Review is being carried out by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) with expertise also sourced through the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. The review is examining the screening history of women who have consented to be included. Where the expert panel opinion of cytology results differs to the original results provided by CervicalCheck, the panel will endeavour to determine, wherever possible, any failures to prevent cancer or to intervene at an earlier stage and will prepare individual reports for those affected, setting out the facts and their expert and independent assessment of those facts. The review will also produce an aggregated report.

All available slides (1,739) have now transferred to the review laboratories, the review is ongoing and results of the review are not yet available.

It is important to clarify that no woman was diagnosed with cervical cancer as a result of the CervicalCheck audit. The audit was carried out by CervicalCheck once it was notified of a woman's diagnosis of cancer.