Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (451)

Bríd Smith

Question:

451. Deputy Bríd Smith asked the Minister for Health further to Parliamentary Question No. 445 of 10 December 2019, the details of the English study referred to; the location in the study in which the figure of 20% discordance in relation to false negatives compared to high grade abnormalities in view of the fact the study suggests a discordance of 14.9%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53223/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The report referred to is the NSHCSP Audit of Invasive Cervical Cancer National Report 2009-2013.

The data the Deputy refers to can be found in Table 20 on page 61 of the report.

The Expert Panel have advised that the ‘almost 20%’ included in the answer to the Deputy's previous question refers to the number 18.9% in the infographic on page 40 of the RCOG Aggregate Report.

The RCOG have advised that this 18.9% is derived by summing the proportion of originally negative slides reviewed in the English audit as various sub classifications of ‘high grade’ as follows: 3.3% moderate dyskaryosis + 10.4% severe dyskaryosis + 0.5%  ?Invasion + 4.7% ?glandular. These figures combined equal 18.9%, ie ‘almost 20%’.