Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Questions (316)

Thomas P. Broughan


316. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Health the position regarding the processing time for colposcopy results by hospital; the number of laboratories examining these biopsies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38465/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

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. Colposcopy units have experienced significant pressure in recent months, in light of increased demand from both screening and direct referral.

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 additional funding is being provided this year to address these pressures.

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