Statement from the Department of Health in relation to CervicalCheck
The Department is currently examining the records in relation to CervicalCheck. A full discovery will be undertaken and all documents will be made available to the Scoping Inquiry to inform its considerations.
The HSE shared a number of documents in relation to the CervicalCheck clinical audit with the Department, including the memos made available to the PAC today. However, nothing so far has been identified that changes our basic assertion that the fact of clinical audit being undertaken and arrangements being made to disclose to patients in this regard were positive features of CervicalCheck.
Accordingly these documents were not shared outside the CMO and Acute Hospitals Divisions and were not brought to the attention of any Minister for Health.