Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (1104)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

1104. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the level of personal information sharing and-or exchange between her Department and the National Screening Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [45274/19]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

The Data Protection Act 2018 amended the Health (Provision of Information) Act 1997 to provide that the National Cancer Registry Board and the Health Service Executive can request personal data in order to carry out their functions in respect of the National Screening Service (NSS).

On the basis of this legislative provision, my Department provides personal data (name, address, birth surname, mother's birth surname, date of birth, gender and PPS Number) to the HSE on a monthly basis in respect of the bowel, breast and cervical screening programmes. This data is used to compile and maintain a record of persons who, for public health reasons, may be invited to participate in any cancer screening (including any breast, cervical or bowel cancer screening) programme, in line with the provisions of section 184 of the Data Protection Act 2018.

I trust this clarifies the position for the Deputy.