The team from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which conducted the review of CervicalCheck slides, has agreed to appear before the Oireachtas Health Committee to discuss its report which was publishd yesterday.

Patient representatives including members of the 221+ Patient Support Group are also expected to appear at hearings which may take place before Christmas.

Earlier today, Minister for Health Simon Harris has said he respects the decision of Lorraine Walsh to resign from the CervicalCheck steering committee.

He thanked her for her work and said he believed the review by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists was robust.

Mr Harris said there had been a few errors during that review and the RCOG had apologised.

He also said it had expressed confidence in the screening programme.

Ms Walsh of the 221+ group announced her resignation as one of the patient representatives on the steering group on RTÉ's Prime Time last night.

She said she wished she could tell the women of Ireland that she had confidence in the RCOG report, but she did not.