Friday, 6 September 2019

Questions (801, 832)

Alan Kelly

Question:

801. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the number of women waiting for colposcopy appointments by hospital on 19 July 2019, in tabular form. [34758/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

832. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Health the waiting times in each colposcopy clinic in each month since January 2018; and if the waiting times committed to for CIN 1 and CIN 3 women are being kept to in each month since January 2018, in tabular form. [34919/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 801 and 832 together.

CervicalCheck has established a network of quality assured colposcopy clinics for women requiring further investigation following a smear test. A woman can be referred to one of 15 colposcopy clinics located nationwide.

The HSE has advised that time taken in a clinical setting is considerably longer to facilitate answering queries and putting women at ease. The HSE advises that extra clinical sessions have been added to reduce waiting lists, and extra efforts are being made when appointments are cancelled to fill the vacant slot to further reduce waiting lists, and to ensure the increased referrals are categorised promptly. Notwithstanding these efforts, clinics have been experiencing service pressures, and my Department and the HSE have been engaging closely in relation to resources to alleviate pressures.

In relation to the specific data requested, I have asked the HSE to respond to the Deputy directly.