Fianna Fáil TD for Wexford James Browne has welcomed the publication of a HSE report on cancer screening services at Wexford University Hospital. Deputy Browne has called on the HSE to implement the recommendations contained in the report without delay.

“The information contained in this report is stark and highlights serious issues with the provision of cancer services at Wexford Hospital. It’s important that we learn from the mistakes that were made and move to ensure they are not repeated in the future,” said Deputy Browne.

“There are a number of key recommendations contained in the report. In particular it highlights that the rollout of the National Quality Improvement Programme for Endoscopy should be completed and mandatory participation introduced for all HSE cancer screening services.

“The report also outlines the need to develop a robust competency framework to guide practitioners working in cancer screening services. This is a common sense proposal and will help achieve consistency in the quality of services operating across the country. There are a series of other recommendations contained in the report surrounding the need to overhaul procedures to ensure patients are notified in a timely manner when it is suspected that a second screening is required.

“I’ll be raising this issue with Fianna Fáil’s Spokesperson on Health Billy Kelleher and Minister for Health Simon Harris. It’s important that the recommendations of this report are implemented as quickly as possible,” concluded Deputy Browne.