Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (186)

Stephen Donnelly


186. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health if a person (details supplied) can retroactively gain access to the CervicalCheck audit by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists despite previously turning down the option to be part of the review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [40512/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

An independent expert panel review of cervical screening was established with the aim of providing women who participated in the CervicalCheck national screening programme and who developed invasive cervical cancer with independent clinical assurance about the timing of their diagnosis and treatment.

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 examined the screening history of women who consented to be included.

On 9 September the HSE sent a letter to all participants to provide an update on the review process and to advise when they may expect to receive their individual reports. Communication of results to participants has begun. The Royal college will produce an aggregate report which will make recommendations, where appropriate, with the aim of improving care for women. It is anticipated that this report will be received at the end of October.

As the review process is now in the final stage it will not be possible to participate at this stage.