Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Ceisteanna (162, 163)

Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

162. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health if his attention was drawn to the different levels of detection rates in the three different laboratories performing CervicalCheck; if an investigation was done into possible causes for the differences; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21703/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Ruth Coppinger

Ceist:

163. Deputy Ruth Coppinger asked the Minister for Health the level of detection rates for cervical checks in the different laboratories performing same in each of the years 2008 to 2017 inclusive. [21704/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 162 and 163 together.

These questions relate to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry that I established on 8 May 2018.

The Terms of Reference of the Scoping Inquiry, which is being led by Dr Gabriel Scally, are very comprehensive and include the following in relation to laboratories contracted by CervicalCheck:

- examine the tendering, contracting, operation, conflict of interest arrangements, performance information and performance management, accreditation and quality assurance of contracted cytology laboratory services by CervicalCheck from initiation of the programme.

I believe it appropriate that an expert clinical inquiry examines these matters.