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We are continuing to keep in contact with the women about what has happened and any action that they need to take.The delays in results being forwarded are not acceptable.But Dr Scally's report confirmed that: "…on the basis of the information available to the Scoping Inquiry, the use of these additional laboratories did not in fact result in a reduction in the quality of the screening provided to Irish women and it is important to acknowledge this".In addition to the work of the scoping inquiry team, we carry out on-going performance monitoring in relation to Medlab Pathology.The screeners in Salford are identified by their screener numbers.This forms part of the Medlab data already reviewed by the scoping inquiry during the previous visit.All of the professional aspects of the work carried out by the screeners in Salford is overseen by clinical governance arrangements from Medlab in Dublin.This includes: Copies of the NHS External Quality Assessment results and NHS update training are kept on record in Medlab.
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Information related to the Cervical Check audit 2018 is available here The HSE learned last week that Quest Diagnostics Chantilly lab had failed to send test results to the GPs of around 800 women. These tests had been carried out outside of the recommended timeframe.
These women had previously had low-grade cytological changes from their smear test.
We are fully committed to implementing Dr Scally’s recommendations and rebuilding confidence in our screening programme.
We are committed to delivering the best possible cervical screening service for the people in our care and their families.”The HSE continues to strengthen governance, quality assurance and management in the Cervical Check programme and the wider National Screening Service.