(2) what discussions her Department has had with strategic health authorities on the Local Delivery Plan target for Chlamydia screening.
All strategic health authorities (SHAs) have been asked to plan for at least 15 per cent. of the population aged 15-24 accepting a test or screen for Chlamydia, by March 2008.
The Department is currently agreeing local delivery plans for 2007-08 with all SHAs. Chlamydia screening plans are been discussed with each SHA as part of this process.
The operational management of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) was transferred to the Health Protection Agency in November 2005. Officials meet on a regular basis with the NCSP to discuss a number of issues including funding.
Funding for the implementation of the NCSP is distributed to primary care trusts as part of their main allocation.