Minister commits to additional funding for 221+ Group

The Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly TD met with representatives of the 221+ Group – the CervicalCheck patients support group, the Marie Keating Foundation and the Irish Cancer Society yesterday. At the meeting, the Minister committed to providing additional funding for the 221+ Group beyond the current agreement. The Minister for Health said; “I am …

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221+ welcomes confirmation of Independent Chair of CervicalCheck Steering Committee

The 221+ Patient Support Group strongly welcomes confirmation by Minister Stephen Donnelly T.D. that the work of the CervicalCheck Steering Committee is to continue under an independent chair. The resumption of the work of the Committee was a key request of this group going into the election. It brings necessary oversight to delivering on the …

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Statement from 221+ on the passing of Ruth Morrissey

Ruth Morrissey is not just a statistic. She was first and foremost a loving mother, wife, daughter and sister. Our first thought today is for her husband Paul, Ruth’s daughter Libby and their extended family. Ruth was one of the original 221 women directly impacted by the historical shortcomings of CervicalCheck.  Her passing brings a …

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Statement from 221+ regarding the delay in the establishment of the CervicalCheck Tribunal

The Department of Health yesterday confirmed the further delay to the establishment of the CervicalCheck Tribunal following the appointment as President of the High Court of the previously selected Chairperson of the Tribunal. The purpose of the CervicalCheck Tribunal is to enable women and families impacted by the acknowledged failures of the State through CervicalCheck …

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221+ join with NWCI and 28 other organisations to call for universal health care for all

Dear Sir/Madam, In response to the recent publication of the FF/FG Framework Document we welcome the commitment to expedite the implementation of Sláintecare and the reiteration of the commitment to universal healthcare services. Ireland’s response to COVID-19 has shown the pressing need to deliver a single tier health system and our capacity to create – …

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CervicalCheck – Programme update

CervicalCheck – Programme update   The population-based screening programme CervicalCheck has been paused on public health advice since March 30 due to the situation with Covid-19. The pause is to protect patients and staff by complying with social distancing guidelines. The HSE has temporarily redeployed staff and resources to the response to Covid-19. However, clinical …

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CervicalCheck Tribunal Postponed

Minister for Health decides to postpone setting up Tribunal due to Covid-19 Pandemic The Minister for Health yesterday (Monday, 23 March) informed 221+ of his decision to delay the start of the CervicalCheck Tribunal. The statement below was posted last evening on the Tribunal website.   “Given the ongoing and quickly evolving situation in relation …

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221+ on Supreme Court judgement on appeal of Morrisey CervicalCheck decision

The 221+ CervicalCheck Patient Support Group welcomes the Supreme Court judgement issued today (Thursday, 19 March, 2020) which upholds the findings of the High Court in the case of Ruth Morrissey, one of the original 221 women directly impacted by the CervialCheck debacle first uncovered almost two years ago. We are relieved and pleased for …

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221+ defers member events to avoid unnecessary contact

The increasing spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) will clearly concern and create worry for those that have previously suffered health impacts as a consequence of the CervicalCheck debacle. Given the potential impact that COVID-19 (coronavirus) may have on cancer patients, it has been decided to cancel all upcoming 221+ meetings and events. While the numbers attending would be …

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221+ Key Asks for General Election 2020

This General Election, we are asking all election candidates and Political Parties to commit to  three actions if elected. The CervicalCheck debacle which has unfolded over the past two years highlighted an inherent weakness in the governance of healthcare in Ireland. It left close to 600 women and their families permanently scarred – some no …

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