September 2019

RCOG Independent Review The RCOG disclosure process has begun. A letter and information pack have been issued to all participants and a helpline (1800 832191) has been set-up to facilitate the process of providing individual reports. Anyone who desires a face-to-face meeting with a consultant will be offered one, and we are told our members …

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221+ Patient Support Group to assist women receiving RCOG review results

 We are pleased to note that the long-awaited outcomes of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) review of the smear tests of over 1,000 women are soon to be communicated to those women. A package of advance information will be arriving with the women involved this week which outlines a number of options …

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August 2019

RCOG Independent Review The RCOG review is nearing completion. A pre-letter and information pack will issue to all participants sometime next month. This letter will inform participants that review results will start to issue over the coming weeks and give participants the option of how they’d like to receive this information. All individuals who desire …

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Statement from 221+ re: Meeting with An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health

Our patient representatives – Lorraine Walsh and Stephen Teap – met privately this morning with An Taoiseach and the Minister for Health to discuss all aspects of the role of the State in the CervicalCheck debacle and in particular the basis for a formal apology to the women and families impacted. A full apology is …

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Statement from 221+ re: MacCraith Rapid Review

Absence of a ‘Women First’ approach sums up CervicalCheck saga 221+ welcomes HSE promise of stronger structures and management for Screening Services MacCraith findings on incremental decision making, underestimation of problems and poor communications underpin and elaborate on previous Scally findings Positive recognition for and engagement with patient representatives essential The conclusion that there was …

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Advocacy Opportunity for Interested 221+ Members

Minister for Health announces call for expressions of interest for membership of the National Screening Committee – Ireland Expressions of interest are now being sought for membership of the National Screening Committee – Ireland.  The positions are advertised on http://www.stateboards.ie/stateboards/campaignAdvert/106797.htm with the closing date for applications of 30 August 2019. The Committee will provide independent …

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July 2019

Ex Gratia Scheme The Independent Assessment Panel has determined a financial compensation award for women and families who are found to have had nondisclosure or poor disclosure of their smear audit results. For these individuals, payment is to be made in the amount of €20,000. For the applications received to date: 80% have been paid. …

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June 2019

June has been a busy month with the release of the Scally Supplementary Report and many formal and informal meetings with Government officials.  221+ Patient Support Group continues to work hard advocating for member needs and wanted to give you an update on several key issues. Ex Gratia Scheme The Independent Assessment Panel has apparently …

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