Minister for Health Simon Harris
Carlow's regional group BreastCheck uptake of 72% exceeds the targets of the programme however it is below average, it has been revealed.
Labour's Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Health for the regional breakdown of the BreastCheck screening uptake rate according to the Public Service Performance Report 2017.
In a written response last month, Minister Simon Harris said: "The Public Service Performance Report 2017 indicates a national BreastCheck uptake rate of 72.2%. This exceeds the 70% BreastCheck target uptake rate.
"BreastCheck is organised through four regional units responsible for the delivery of the programme nationwide."
The counties covered by each BreastCheck Regional Unit are as follows:
- BreastCheck Eccles Unit - North Dublin, Cavan, Carlow, Kilkenny, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly and Westmeath.
- BreastCheck Merrion Unit - South Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Wexford and Wicklow.
- BreastCheck Southern Unit - Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary South and Waterford.
- BreastCheck Western - Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary North.
The BreastCheck Southern Unit had an uptake rate of 71.8%, the other areas included: BreastCheck Western Unit (76.7%); BreastCheck Eccles Unit *which includes Carlow (72%); BreastCheck Merrion Unit (70.3%)
The Minister added: "BreastCheck continues to focus on devising strategies to maintain high uptake rates including through general marketing, direct targeted marketing and the introduction of text message reminders for appointments.
"The National Screening Service provided a breakdown of uptake rates by region (BreastCheck Unit) for the period 1 January - 30 September 2017."
Read also: Number of people on trolleys in Carlow/Kilkenny hospital rises again