Mr Justice Meenan's report on an alternative system for dealing with cases arising from CervicalCheck was published on 16 October 2018. Following consultation with relevant Departments, the Government agreed on 18 December to my proposal to establish an independent statutory tribunal, chaired by Ms Justice Mary Irvine, to deal with claims arising from CervicalCheck. The Tribunal will be established based on the recommendations set out by Mr Justice Meenan.
The establishment of the Tribunal is an urgent priority for the Government and my Department is currently preparing the necessary legislative proposals to expedite this. I will be submitting the draft heads and general scheme of a Bill to Government shortly.