Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (145)

Michael McGrath


145. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Health the costs incurred to date by the State Claims Agency; the award levels and legal costs, respectively, in respect of the cervical screening programme; the number of ongoing cases involving the programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27093/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The State Claims Agency (SCA) has a statutory remit to manage personal injury claims, including claims in respect of clinical negligence, on behalf of Delegated State Authorities (DSA’s) including the Health Service Executive.

The specific details relating to the Deputy's question have been provided to me by the State Claims Agency and are set out below.

This information has been extracted from the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and is correct as at 24th June 2019. It relates to the costs paid to date by the State Claims Agency with respect to National Screening Service – CervicalCheck misdiagnosis claims.

i. Award levels Due to the low number of claims, SCA is unable to publish this figure as it could lead to the identification of an individual.

ii. Legal costs Payments amounting to €781,811 with respect to Legal Costs have been paid by the SCA to date.

iii. Number of ongoing cases involving the programme There are currently 115 claims under active management by the State Claims Agency which relate to allegations of misdiagnosis in relation to the National Screening Service – CervicalCheck programme