Symptomatic Breast Disease

From February 2014, symptomatic breast disease services are monitored under the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare.

This follows a review of the National Quality Assurance Standards for Symptomatic Disease Services in 2013. This review took into account the substantial reform programme for cancer services over recent years, the national quality review of symptomatic breast disease services, which HIQA published in 2010, and the subsequent development of key performance indicators (KPIs) and clinical guidelines by the National Cancer Control Programme. The review also took into the account the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare, published in 2012.

Read more about the National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare here.

Background to Standards for Symptomatic Breast Disease Services

In May 2007, HIQA adopted the National Quality Assurance Standards for Symptomatic Breast Disease Services, developed by an expert group chaired by Professor Niall O'Higgins.

In 2008, we began a national quality review of symptomatic breast disease services in Ireland to monitor compliance with the Standards. In February 2010, the Authority published eight individual reports of the Quality Review at each designated centre and one national report.

Read the national report on the Quality Review of Symptomatic Breast Disease Service in Ireland or the reports on the designated centres between 2009 - 2011.