Minister for Health Simon Harris has received Cabinet approval to proceed with the publication of the CervicalCheck Tribunal Bill.
The Tribunal will hear and determine claims arising from the retrospective CervicalCheck cytology clinical audit and from the Expert Panel Review of Cervical Screening, in particular in respect of the reading of smears.
Minister Harris also announced an ex gratia payment of €20,000 for non-disclosure of the CervicalCheck audit.
Speaking on Wednesday, ““I am pleased that Government has approved the publication of the Bill and I intend to introduce it in the Dáil at second stage next week, with a view to having the legislation in place before the Summer recess.”
The Department of Health will make payments to those individuals who have applied, and where the Independent Panel has already determined that appropriate disclosure did not take place, shortly. In the meantime, the Panel is progressing its assessments of the remaining applications. The Scheme remains open, and those individuals who have not yet applied can still do so.