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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Volume 458: debated on Wednesday 14 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each primary care trust (i) were called for and (ii) attended cervical screening in each of the last five years, broken down by age. (124396)

The uptake of national health service cervical screening programme invitations is not collected nationally and comparing the number of women invited with the number of women screened would not give an accurate account of uptake of invitations, as the figures for the number of women screened also include self and general practitioner referral (for example, those not invited by the screening programme). Because of this we have provided five-year coverage figures, which has been placed in the Library.

Coverage is the standard calculation used to compare primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities (SHAs). The coverage of the screening programme is the proportion of women resident and eligible who have had a test with a recorded result at least once in the previous five years.

2001-02 data are not available for PCTs and SHAs due to their formation in 2002. For this reason 2001-02 data are at England level.