Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Independent Expert Panel Review into Cervical Screening: Discussion

Photo of Kate O'ConnellKate O'Connell (Dublin Bay South, Fine Gael)
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I am fully aware of that through my work on this committee. People often get a quick and unexpected cancer diagnosis. They often then fall foul of interventions such as having their eggs frozen in short order and money is taken from them in a frenzied situation where there is a lack of information. If cancer patients are being supported in this way, it has be structured with clear evidence coming from qualified clinicians as opposed to people who want to make a few euro out of people at their lowest moment.

On the laboratories, we have five laboratories now which are subject to quality assurance visits. It is, therefore, a different picture from what we saw a year or 18 months ago. Is it a completely different picture with regard to custody over slides and governance? I imagine it is far more robust now and it will be much easier to audit if we ever have to audit again. We are no longer trying to find laboratories in Salford, Honolulu or wherever. We know where the laboratories are, that the slides will stay in them and be available to be looked at, and that the quality assurance is up to scratch. Is that fair to say?