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Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (19 Jun 2018) See 2 other results from this answer

Alan Kelly: 342. To ask the Minister for Health the way in which he plans to implement the motion passed by Dáil Éireann on 28 March 2018 regarding HPV vaccination; the expected timeframe to extend the national HPV vaccination programme to provide universal HPV vaccination to both boys and girls here; if a budget for universal HPV vaccination subject to the pending outcome of the health...

Public Accounts Committee: Implications of CervicalCheck Revelations (Resumed) (14 Jun 2018) See 2 other results from this debate

Mr. Damien McCallion: To clarify, there are two different things. The HPV roll-out is a separate project. I think what Mr. Connaghan is referring to in the opening statement is the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists' review, which is of the 3,100 women I mentioned earlier who have been diagnosed with cervical cancer.

Leaders' Questions (13 Jun 2018)

Leo Varadkar: ...cover some of their expenses arising from dealing with his inquiry. We have also confirmed the Government's decision to move to a more modern form of cervical screening using human papillomavirus, HPV, as the primary test. That was planned anyway, but we are going to press ahead and become one of the first countries in the western world to do it. Dr. Scally was appointed by the...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (13 Jun 2018) See 1 other result from this answer

Clare Daly: 122. To ask the Minister for Health the number and type of seizures and suspected adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine reported to the HPRA; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25807/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: HIV-AIDS Programmes (13 Jun 2018) See 1 other result from this answer

Clare Daly: 123. To ask the Minister for Health his views on the HSE promotional campaign for the HPV vaccine which contains captions such as armed for life and protect our future and states that the HPV vaccine protects girls from getting cervical cancer when they are older in view of information (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25808/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Health Care Policy (12 Jun 2018)

Catherine Byrne: ...impacts; these are set out in the NSWG. These include improving awareness and supporting healthier choices in terms of smoking cessation, safer alcohol consumption, improving uptake of the HPV vaccine, increasing physical activity participation rates in younger women and improving rates of folic acid consumption and breast-feeding. The Healthy Ireland approach is that many...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer Screening Programmes (12 Jun 2018)

Simon Harris: I have asked the HSE to introduce HPV testing as the primary screening method for the prevention of cervical cancer as soon as possible. The HPV test is more accurate testing mechanism than liquid-based cytology, which is the current testing mechanism, and its use would result in fewer false negative results. Its introduction is in line with developments in cervical screening...

Written Answers — Department of Health: National Cervical Screening Programme (12 Jun 2018) See 6 other results from this answer

Bríd Smith: 766. To ask the Minister for Health his plans to move the cervical screening process to a HPV test; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that many clinicians internationally (details supplied) recommend co-testing pap plus HPV; if consideration has been given to same; the costs and so on of co-testing; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25049/18]

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (30 May 2018) See 3 other results from this answer

Clare Daly: 138. To ask the Minister for Health the reason cases of suspected adverse reactions to the HPV vaccine Gardasil previously listed as convulsions were recently amended on the HPRA line listing report to seizures; if these amendments were notified to the EMA EudraVigilance database; if the attention of the case ID patient holder is drawn to such changes to their records; and if he will make a...

Other Questions: Cancer Screening Programmes (29 May 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

Simon Harris: ...safety Bill. That will bring in mandatory open disclosure for serious reportable incidences. I have given an assurance that that will include issues relating to screening. I also want to move to HPV testing this year. I asked the HSE to introduce HPV testing as the primary screening method for the prevention of cervical cancer as soon as possible. The HPV test is a more accurate...

Other Questions: Cancer Screening Programmes (29 May 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

Tommy Broughan: I will follow on from the Minister's last point on cervical testing. Will he accelerate that into 2018 to move towards the HPV testing? On the overall programme, we are approximately 12 years into the 2006 strategy for cancer control, including BreastCheck, CervicalCheck, BowelScreen and Diabetic RetinaScreen. What type of audits are the Government and Department ordering on the whole...

Leaders' Questions (24 May 2018) See 1 other result from this debate

Simon Coveney: ...that this is already underway. If the Deputy talks to the Minister for Health about this issue, he will learn that there is effectively already a campaign advocating the use of vaccines like the HPV vaccine. We have seen a significant increase in the uptake from girls. Indeed we have been looking at ways in which we can extend that and add to and reinforce that message. In terms of the...

Questions on Promised Legislation (23 May 2018)

Leo Varadkar: ...It is important that the Scally inquiry examines all those issues because there is a genuine concern that overseas labs are used for these tests. An opportunity arises, as we introduce the new primary HPV test, to bring these screening tests back to Ireland. Some 50% have already been brought back to Ireland and in principle the Government would like to bring them all back to Ireland....

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health: Cancer Screening Programmes: Discussion (23 May 2018) See 14 other results from this debate

..., result interpretation and reporting are controlled, audited and inspected. This is in keeping with international best practice. The academy fully supports the introduction of the primary HPV test and is available to work with the National Screening Service, NSS, to advise on future pathological service provision for this and other cancer screening programmes. The system chosen for...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer Screening Programmes (23 May 2018) See 1 other result from this answer

Tommy Broughan: 143. To ask the Minister for Health when he expects to introduce the more accurate HPV test for cervical cancer screening; if these tests will be carried out in Irish laboratories; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22798/18]

Ceisteanna - Questions: Taoiseach's Meetings and Engagements (22 May 2018) See 2 other results from this debate

Leo Varadkar: I am reluctant to answer for those reasons. However, I know that, since 2015, HPV testing has already been introduced in circumstances where a low-grade or high-grade abnormality is identified. The plan now is to move to primary screening whereby the test is done for HPV first and cytology later. At least that is my understanding, but I would be afraid to answer that question in too much...

Public Accounts Committee: Implications of CervicalCheck Revelations (Resumed)
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(17 May 2018) See 3 other results from this debate

...provide that sort of advice and hopefully further assurance not just with regard to some of the queries the Deputy is talking about today but also with regard to the roll-out of the new model for HPV testing later in the year.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Vaccination Programme (17 May 2018)

Simon Harris: .... In 2018 more than 90 Irish women will die from cervical cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, which has reviewed international evidence, there is a strong association between HPV infection and the development of cervical cancer and that HPV vaccination is effective in preventing the development of cervical cancer. There are over 100 types of HPV and around 40 types of...

Leaders' Questions (16 May 2018)

Richard Bruton: ...those audits to provide additional assurance on the situation, but none of these documents has raised questions about the value of clinical screening. We are moving to a better test, namely, the HPV test, which will have a lower error rate. The Government is committed to doing that. I would not like the Deputy's comments to be construed as meaning there is some cloud over the value of...

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