Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Thursday, 23 September 2021
Public Accounts Committee
Financial Statement 2020 and Related Matters: HSE (Resumed)
Mr. Paul Reid:
Again, we can certainly provide a summary note across all of the cancer care programmes, particularly BreastCheck, in terms of the current waiting lists and timeframes. On the general question in terms of the impact of Covid, there is no doubt, particularly in terms of BreastCheck, that infection prevention control measures throughout Covid had significant impacts on our services across the board and still have to be done in a very different way. Our teams in all of the cancer programmes are very focused on that as a priority but the Deputy is correct that cancer services, in particular BreastCheck, were impacted throughout Covid.