168. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Cancer Screening Service awarded a contract to a company (details supplied) in 2010 that obliged or enabled the company to establish a laboratory here to read NCSS slides; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20519/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

169. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason the National Cancer Screening Service awarded a second contract to a company (details supplied) in 2010 regarding a laboratory that did not as yet exist and which was unaccredited; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20520/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

170. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health the reason a company (details supplied) was allowed to test National Cancer Screening Service smears for over 18 months in the absence of accreditation contrary to recent assurances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20521/18 asked on 10 May 2018 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 168 to 170, inclusive, together.
This question relates to matters which are now the subject of a Scoping Inquiry. I announced the terms of reference of this Inquiry, following agreement by Government, on 8th May 2018. 
The Inquiry, led by Dr Gabriel Scally, will examine the facts, including details of the non-disclosure to patients relating to CervicalCheck clinical audits and the management and level of knowledge of var...

396. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if consideration will be given to extending the free cervical smear testing programme to include persons under 25 years of age or to extending the scheme such that a person under 25 years of age who requires a smear test, based on family history, can receive one through the scheme. (Question 5570/17 asked on 07 Feb 2017 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): CervicalCheck, the National Cervical Screening Programme, was introduced in 2008 and offers free smear tests to women aged 25-60. This is in line with international best practice.
Invasive cervical cancer is extremely rare in women aged under 25, with less than 5 women in this age group being diagnosed with this condition in Ireland each year. While changes in the cells of the cervix are very common for those under 25, in the vast majority of cases th...

564. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if he will introduce a screening programme for pancreatic cancer for the over 40s as a preventative public health measure. (Question 23736/16 asked on 21 Jul 2016 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Population-based screening programmes are an important element of early detection for cancer and have been introduced for cancers in Ireland where international evidence supports this approach. At present, available evidence has given rise to population-based screening programmes being recommended for bowel, breast and cervical cancer and such programmes have all been introduced here.
However, there is currently insufficient evidence to recommend the i...

587. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Health if he will extend the BreastCheck screening range to those between the ages of 65 and 69 years in view of the fact that a significant proportion of women are diagnosed in this age range. (Question 28505/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Cancer Screening Programmes)

Minister for Health (Deputy James Reilly): I propose to take Questions Nos. 440 to 445, inclusive, 564, 565, 571, 587 and 590 together.
The BreastCheck Programme provides free mammograms to all women aged 50-64. A priority of the BreastCheck Programme at present is to maximise national uptake in the 50-64 year age cohort.
It is my intention to extend the upper age range to include the 65-69 age cohort as soon as possible in line with available resources.
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