§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what will be the cost and the extra payments to general practitioners if cervical smear testing in women under the age of 35 years is included in the scheme.
§ Dr. Vaughan
More than a quarter of smears taken in England and Wales are from women under 35 years of age. It is not possible to estimate how many more would come for tests if the priority group were extended, or what proportion of the total number would go to their general practitioners rather than to clinics where a smear is part of routine care and where no fee is payable.