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Cervical Cancer Screening

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 25 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women did not receive the result of a cervical screening test within two weeks of the test taking place in the latest period for which figures are available. (323419)

For period 2008-09 (the latest period for which the figures are available) 78.6 per cent. of women did not receive their cervical screening test results within two weeks. However, test results were available for 21.4 per cent. of women within two weeks compared to 11.1 per cent. in 2007-08, and 65.5 per cent. were available within four weeks compared to 59.6 per cent. in 2007-08.

It is a Vital Sign of the ‘NHS Operating Framework 2010-11’, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, that all women should receive the results of their cervical screening tests within two weeks by 2010. 10 pilot programmes have achieved 14-day turnaround times for at least 99 per cent. of tests and with significant reductions in failed tests and in resource requirements. This is now being rolled out across the country.