About Us

Who we are

The 221+ Patient Support Group was established in July 2018 to provide information, advice, and support to the women and families directly affected by failures in the CervicalCheck Screening Programme that came to light following Vicky Phelan’s court case in April 2018.

The group is governed by a steering committee, which includes representation from the Irish Cancer Society, the Marie Keating Foundation, the Irish Patients Association, and several members.

We are a completely independent organisation and are not operated by the HSE or Department of Health

What We Do

We strive to meet the needs of our members by providing accurate and timely information regarding the ongoing government inquiries and responses to the CervicalCheck failures and by providing cancer survivorship support.

We strive to accomplish these goals through quarterly member meetings, specialised workshops, a private member online portal, representation on numerous government committees, and by liaising with other community organisations.

We do not, however, provide legal advice or support.

Who Can Join

The 221+ Patient Support Group was only set-up to support individuals identified by the HSE as being directly affected by failures in the CervicalCheck Screening Programme. This includes the 221 women and next of kin identified in 2018 through the internal audit process and the additional women and next of kin identified through the RCOG Independent Review in 2019.

Unfortunately, we are not currently able to accept additional members who fall outside of these groups or who have not been identified to us by the HSE.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility to join the group, please review the FAQ’s on this site and contact info@221plus.ie if more guidance is required.