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Mid Essex Primary Care Trust: Bowel Cancer

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the national bowel cancer screening programme will be implemented in the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust area; and if he will make a statement. (166245)

[holding answer 26 November 2007]: The NHS bowel cancer screening programme is one of the first national bowel screening programmes in the world, and the first cancer screening programme in England to invite men as well as women. It is an ambitious project, and full national roll-out is expected by December 2009.

Work in the Mid Essex Primary Care Trust area is currently ongoing and we expect implementation to be achieved by mid to late 2008. The provision of local health services is the responsibility of the local national health service organisations in conjunction with their strategic health authorities.