Last updated 05 July 2018

Women in Ireland have been understandably worried following the serious failings in the CervicalCheck audit. The HSE wants to acknowledge this breach of trust and to urge women in Ireland to continue to take part in cervical screening, which is a life-saving public health measure.

For information about the CervicalCheck audit, and advice for anyone concerned, visit cervicalcheck.ie.

Despite the failings in communication during the CervicalCheck audit, the cervical screening programme is safe and effective. We urge all women to routinely avail of routine smear checks to protect their health.

Throughout May, we published a CervicalCheck Daily Report. We did this so that we could provide you with a progress update on the response to this situation. You can view those daily reports on this page.

An independent Expert Panel Review has been set up by the Minister for Health. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will lead this review panel of UK experts. The British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology will also provide input. The review will take at least 6 months to complete. You can read more about the purpose of the review and the consent process here.

A CervicalCheck Steering Committee has also been set up by the Department of Health. Weekly reports from the CervicalCheck Steering Committee are available here

Information for women concerned about CervicalCheck

Daily updates from the HSE Serious Incident Management Team (SIMT)

Information for healthcare professionals

Press releases