HC Deb 23 May 1986 vol 98 c380W
Dr. Roger Thomas

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to increase the general facilities for cervical cytology to reduce the interval between tests from five to three years and to promote improved screening for younger age-groups; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Hayhoe

Improvements to cervical cancer screening programmes have been made a service development priority for all health authorities, including implementation of computerised call and recall systems no later than April 1988 and ensuring that laboratories avoid backlogs. The screening interval and the call and recall of women under 35 are currently under review.