Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (129)

Aindrias Moynihan


129. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Health if he will request a review on the way in which the diabetic retina screening programme delivers results to service users; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27985/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Diabetic RetinaScreen, the National Diabetic Retinal Screening Programme is a government funded screening programme in Ireland that offers free, regular diabetic retinopathy screening to people with diabetes aged 12 years and older.

Diabetic RetinaScreen uses specialised digital photography to look for changes that could affect sight. Results are delivered in compliance with quality standards as outlined in the ‘Standards for Quality Assurance in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening’.  As with other national screening programmes, quality assurance is paramount and all essential elements are in place to ensure risks to patients are minimised and that the best clinical outcomes for patients are maximised.

In accordance with Part 9 of the Health Act 2004, should any individual with a complaint in relation to the operation of the programme should in the first instance make their complaint known directly to the service itself to ensure that it can be investigated appropriately.