The Government has formally established a compensation scheme for women affected by the non-disclosure of the CervicalCheck audit.

Minister for Health Simon Harris has secured Government approval to proceed with the scheme, which will be open to all affected women, or their next of kin.

The Government also approved the appointment of an Independent Assessment Panel.

This will include retired High Court Judge Aindrias Ó Caoimh, a clinician, and a person of good standing.

The ex-gratia payment to the women will be determined by this panel.

It will take into account the impact of the non-disclosure.

The scheme is designed to provide an alternative to taking court action.

It is expected that the scheme will be up and running in the coming weeks.