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Humberside Breast Screening Unit

Volume 472: debated on Monday 3 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Humberside Breast Screening Unit will have screened every woman in its area within the 36 month target time period. (189457)

The national target is to achieve 90 per cent. of eligible women being recalled within a 36-month interval.

The Yorkshire and the Humber strategic health authority (SHA) reports that following an extensive review and the development of a service redesign and expansion plan, improvements to performance have already been seen in the Humberside service. It is expected that significant progress will continue to be made, with the achievement of the national target by April 2009. If it is possible to achieve this earlier, efforts will be made to do so.

We take the issue of the 36-month standard between screens very seriously and early last year, Professor Mike Richards, the National Cancer Director, wrote to the chief executives of all 10 SHAs in England highlighting the importance of maintaining the 36-month interval.

The “Cancer Reform Strategy” also reinforces the need to maintain the 36-month standard, noting that primary care trusts will need to invest more in breast screening to ensure that women are screened within the 36-month standard.