Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health

Cancer Screening and Care Services: Discussion

Dr. Nóirín Russell:

It is approximately 46%. We predict that, by the end of the year, we will have screened 50% of the number of women we would have expected to screen. Obviously, we will need to create capacity in the system to screen those other women next year.

It is important that I make a distinction. In CervicalCheck, when we invite a woman for screening, we do not make an appointment for her. Rather, we send out an invitation. We have invited 270,000 women for screening, but many of them have not got to make their appointments yet. We expect they will for the end of this month, at the start of next year and onwards. We will need to create capacity for that.