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Breast Cancer Screening

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has yet made an appointment to the chairmanship of the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer Screening.

We have appointed professor Martin Vessey, professor of social and community medicine in the university of Oxford, as chairman of the Advisory Committee on Breast Cancer Screening. Other members will be appointed shortly.The role of the advisory committee will be to advise on the development of the breast cancer screening service, to monitor its effectiveness and its efficiency and to advise on research concerned with the provision of the service.Responsibility for ensuring that a call and recall service for breast cancer screening for all women in England in the 50 to 64 age group has been set up by the target date of 31 March 1990 will lie with the small team led by Sir Roy Griffiths, which, as my right hon. Friend announced on 1 April, will also be overseeing the implementation of the call and recall system for cervical cancer screening.