The final report of the scoping inquiry into the CervicalCheck Screening Programme, which was led by Dr Gabriel Scally, has been published.
In May, the Cabinet established a Scoping Inquiry into the issues which had come to light in relation to the CervicalCheck screening programme.
Dr Scally’s 170-page report highlights a range of issues and includes 50 recommendations. The report recommends that the Minister for Health should give consideration to how women’s health issues can be given more consistent, expert and committed attention within the health system and the Department of Health. This echoes recommendations made in the IPH submission to the consultation on the National Women’s Strategy. The Minister for Health has committed to support the development of a Women’s Health Action Plan.
The report recommends enhancing the involvement of specialist public health expertise within the design, delivery and monitoring of national screening programmes. Dr Scally states that “with significant system change, effective leadership, improved clinical and public health medicine engagement, plus new and powerful advocacy, there is no reason why CervicalCheck should not deliver an outstanding service for the women of Ireland.”
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