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Cervical Screening

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to speed up the results of cervical screening; and if she will make a statement. (93806)

The Government are committed to reducing waiting times for the results of cervical screening. In order to inform a way forward, national health service cancer screening programmes commissioned a formal options appraisal from the School of Health and Related Research in Sheffield.

Officials are now considering the findings of the report with key stakeholders, including the advisory committee on cervical screening. A series of possible actions to speed up the results of cervical screening are being developed, and advice will be sent to the national health service in due course.