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Chlamydia Infection: Screening

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects each primary care trust to start Chlamydia screening as part of the national chlamydia screening programme. (122785)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health 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. (123137)

In November 2005 the operational management of the national chlamydia screening programme was transferred to the Health Protection Agency (HPA). To the end of December 2006, we had 43 per cent. of Primary Care Trusts reporting data to the HPA. This covers 35 programme areas. More programme areas have started screening since then. The next data will be reported to the HPA in April.

We expect to see 100 per cent. geographical coverage during 2007. Strategic health authorities have submitted plans to screen at least 15 per cent. of their population aged 15-24 by March 2008.