Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Questions (446)

Bríd Smith

Question:

446. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health if the exact same standards of measuring of that which constitutes a discordant slide upon review as opposed to a concordant slide are employed by the ongoing slide review involving cases of cervical cancer in the UK referenced by a college (details supplied) and its own methodology used in a recent review. [51753/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The protocol for the RCOG review is available on the HSE's website.

As noted in the RCOG Aggregate Report, the slides were screened in a manner similar to everyday practice by qualified screeners who held the NHS Cervical Screening Programme diploma or equivalent and had at least 10 years' experience in screening slides prepared with the liquid based cytology technology used in the CervicalCheck programme. Slides were screened according to the local standard operating procedure (SOP) which is designed to ensure all fields of view are carefully assessed with overlap moving across the slide.