On 11 July 2019 Paul Reid, HSE CEO, commissioned Professor Brian MacCraith to conduct a rapid review of delays in issuing cervical screening HPV retest results to a large cohort of women and their General Practitioners.

Professor MacCraith presented his report to Paul Reid on Friday, 2 August 2019. Read the full report here

Immediate steps following Professor MacCraith’s findings

  1. Develop a culture of “Putting Women First”
  1. Strengthen the management leadership, organisation, resourcing and capability of CervicalCheck
  1. Complete a ‘pathway review’ for women with changed results.
  1. Audit and assessment of Quest Processes & IT Solutions (incl. traceability)
  1. Strengthen the balance between public and private providers
  1. Strengthen risk management processes and culture in the National Screening Service
  1. Align these recommendations with the Scally implementation Process

Paul Reid said;
“Firstly, I want to thank those women, particularly Sharon, whose persistence ensured that this matter was brought into the public domain. Their determination will ensure that we have a better screening service in the future. 
While much work and many improvements have taken place in the CervicalCheck service over the past 15 months, it is unacceptable that women should have to wait so long for important information about their health.  
I want to thank Professor MacCraith and his team for their diligence in completing this important work in a timely fashion. Brian’s recommendations will allow the cervical screening programme to address the failings that led to these issues quickly and definitively. 
The HSE accepts entirely the findings of the MacCraith Review. The HSE commits to a careful and expeditious implementation in full of each of his recommendations. The HSE wishes to reiterate its apology to all of the women impacted by the delays in issuing important information to them.
On foot of Professor McCraith’s report, I have set out a number of immediate actIons including;  Strengthening the management, leadership and organisation of CervicalCheck; developing a culture of putting women first; establishing a clinical evaluation and assessment of the women impacted; establish an audit of Quest’s IT processes and interfaces.”