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Cervical Cytology

Volume 128: debated on Thursday 25 February 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what percentage of the total cervical cytology examinations carried out by family medical practitioners in each of the health authorities in Wales were reimbursable directly under the item-of-service payment in each of the last five 12 month periods for which figures are available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what additional measures he proposes to take to improve the cervical cytology uptake in Wales.

The cervical cytology screening service, including any action necessary to improve uptake, is the responsibility of the individual district health authorities. Over the last two years some £800,000 of recurring central funding has been allocated to health authorities to help them improve the service. Uptake rates are being monitored by the Welsh Office.