In May 2018 the Minister for Health established an Independent Expert Panel Review of Cervical Screening, following a Government decision.
The review was carried out by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) with expertise also sourced through the British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
The purpose of the review was to provide women who participated in the national CervicalCheck screening programme and who developed invasive cervical cancer with independent clinical assurance about the timing of their diagnosis and treatment.
The panel endeavoured to determine, wherever possible, any failures to prevent cancer or to intervene at an earlier stage and prepared individual written summary reports for those affected, setting out the facts and their expert and independent assessment of those facts.
The RCOG has also produced an Aggregate Report which includes recommendations with the aim of improving care for women.