Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that an amendment is being introduced to new patient rights legislation which will guarantee the right to review a cancer screening.

It "will place on a statutory basis the requirement for all patients to be informed of their right to a patient-requested review of cancer screening", he said.

He said that the Dáil has agreed that the report stage of the Patient Safety Bill be adjourned until January to allow the amendment to be drafted.

He was responding to Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty who said that Stephen Teap had "never stopped battling on behalf of his wife".

"We're all on the same side when it comes to this issue", the Tánaiste said, with Mr Doherty nodding agreement.

Yesterday, Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said he is open to making changes to the legislation that is aiming to inform women if errors are made in cervical screening.

Mr Donnelly had said this could delay the passage of the legislation until early January even though the Government has promised to pass the Patient Safety Bill before Christmas.

The Dáil had heard that the legislation as it currently stands falls short of what the late Vicky Phelan had called for.

The changes which the minister is willing to consider would mean that there would be an obligation on consultants and laboratories to tell women they have a right to review their screening records if they get cancer.

Sinn Féin had said a Government proposal to allow for mandatory disclosure when mistakes are made in cervical screening is flawed.

Mary Lou McDonald said the legislation provides for a woman to request a review.

But she said there is no obligation on laboratories to inform a woman if there were errors unless a review has been sought.