Terms of the CervicalCheck Non-Disclosure Ex-Gratia Scheme

The terms of the CervicalCheck non-disclosure ex-gratia Scheme were approved by Government on the 11th of March 2019, including an Independent Assessment Panel comprising a retired High Court Judge (who will act as Chair), an independent clinician and a person of good standing. The Chair of the Independent Assessment Panel is retired High Court Judge, Aindrias Ó’Caoimh, and the other two members of the Panel are Ms Brigid Doherty and Dr Kevin Connolly.

The role of the panel is to make a determination as to the appropriate amount of the ex-gratia payment, taking into account both the fact of, and impact of, the non-disclosure. Thereafter, it will assess each application against pre-defined criteria to establish whether or not appropriate and timely disclosure took place. Under the terms of scheme, the same amount will be paid to each woman, or her estate, who is assessed by the Panel not to have had appropriate and timely disclosure. All women, or their next of kin, in the 221 cohort identified from the clinical audit as having discordance in their smear test result will be eligible to participate in the Scheme and invitations (on behalf of the Assessment Panel), along with full details of the Scheme, were issued 8 May.

Full details of the Scheme can be read here.