1,700 contacted for CervicalCheck Review

1,700 contacted for CervicalCheck Review
Taking part in a march in Cork organised by Women's Lives Matter in relation to the cervical check scandal. Picture: Denis Minihane.

More than 1,700 women or their next of kin have been contacted to seek consent for inclusion in the CervicalCheck review.

Announced last year, the review will see the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (ROCG) examine all cases of cervical cancer in women who had a screening history through CervicalCheck.

The review includes those women whose diagnoses was notified at the beginning of May 2018, and who had been screened by CervicalCheck prior to their diagnosis.

The HSE has written to 1,700 women, or where the woman has died, their next of kin, seeking permission to include their slides in the review.

Approximately 1,100 have given their consent to be included, a letter to Cork County Council revealed.

A spokesperson for the Department of Health, in the letter, sad the department is committed to driving openness and transparency to ensure patient safety.

She added that the Scally Report, published last year, identified significant deficits in the current HSE open disclosure policy.

“The Department will shortly establish a new Independent Patient Safety Council,” she revealed.

The council’s first task will be to undertake a detailed review of the existing policies on Open Disclosure across the health sector.

The Department said that any resulting policy will have legislative underpinning, will operate across the health service and be overseen by the council.

The council will include strong patient and public representation as well as international patient safety expertise, according to the DOH.

It was recently revealed that the CervicalCheck screening service has a backlog of around 78,000 slides to examine.

It was also revealed that it is taking up to 27 weeks to provide reports on the cancer checks.

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