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Chlamydia Screening

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of primary care trusts offer chlamydia screening as part of the national chlamydia screening programme; (84012)

(2) what percentage of primary care trusts is participating in the chlamydia screening programme; and when she expects 100 per cent. geographical coverage to be achieved.

By the end of June, 36 per cent of primary care trusts were offering chlamydia screening as part of the national chlamydia screening programme (NCSP).

The White Paper, “Choosing Health: Making healthier choices easier”, a copy of which is available in the Library, announced an accelerated timetable to achieve national roll out of the NCSP by March 2007.

The Health Protection Agency is now leading the roll out of the programme and is supporting local areas to drive up the number of people screened.