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Cervical Screening

Volume 79: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, pursuant to the answer of 29 April, Official Report, columns 49–51 about cervical screening and the Minister for Health's press release No. 85/113 of that date, which health authorities are currently using computers for call and which for recall only; what are the estimated dates on which those health authorities having firm plans to computerise expect to do so; which health authorities have a backlog of more than three months in processing smear tests in pathology laboratories; and if he will list the health authorities with the best record for providing women with cervical cancer screening and the criteria on which this assessment was made.

The information available relates to family practitioner committees acting on behalf of health authorities and is as follows:

Computerised cervical cytology call and recall (CR): —Liverpool, Barking, Havering and Brentwood, Isle of Wight, Rochdale, Calderdale, Derbyshire, Devon, Bedfordshire, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Cleveland, Sandwell.
Computerised cervical cytology recall only (R): — Cornwall and Isles of Scilly, Avon, Stockport, Norfolk, Buckinghamshire, Northampton, Rotherham, Kent, Croydon, Wigan.
FPC's with plans to computerise and estimated dates:
BuckinghamshireCR1 July 1985
NorthamptonCR1 July 1985
RotherhamCR1 January 1986
CroydonCR1 June 1985
WiganCR1 December 1985
DurhamR1 July 1985
SuffolkR1 July 1985
BromleyR1 December 1985
North TynesideR1 January 1986
LeicestershireCR1 June 1985
NorthumberlandCR1 June 1985
NottinghamCR1 August 1985
WarwickshireCR1 August 1985
CoventryCR1 October 1985
KirkleesCR1 October 1985
HampshireCR1 December 1985
Hereford and WorcesterCR1 December 1985
WiltshireCR10 December 1985
We do not have the detailed local information requested on laboratory work load.We do not maintain a league table of performance by health authorities in cervical cytology. We are however concerned that some authorities have not fully implemented the guidance set out in health circulars (81)14 and (84)17, and my recent announcement was based on the need to ensure that all health authorities run an effective cervical screening programme.