Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (425)

Stephen Donnelly


425. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Health the number of women that applied to join a group (details supplied) recently; the number that should have been included initially, that is, they met the criteria for joining; the reason they were not invited to join initially; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51651/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The 221+ Patient Support Group was set up in July 2018 to provide information, advice, and support to women who were found by the original CervicalCheck audit to have a discordant cytology result. 221+ has confirmed that women and next of kin identified as having discordant results through the RCOG Independent Review are also eligible for membership of that group. These were identified on completion of the RCOG review, as individual reports were communicated to women or their next of kin.

The Group is funded by my Department but is independent, and my Department does not hold details on the numbers who have applied to join.