§ 39. Mrs. Peacock
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the progress of the breast cancer screening programme.
§ Mrs. Currie
By the spring of this year each regional health authority in England had established at least one centre for breast cancer screening. The list is as follows:
Region Centre Northern Gateshead Yorkshire Huddersfield East Anglian King's Lynn Trent Nottingham North West Thames Barnet North East Thames Epping South East Thames Camberwell, King's College Hospital South West Thames Guildford Wessex Southampton Oxford Aylesbury South Western Cornwall (Truro) West Midlands Stoke-on-Trent
Region Centre Mersey Liverpool North Western Manchester, Bolton, Wigan
Guildford, King's College, Manchester and Nottingham have also been designated as training centres for staff in England.
Health authorities are currently developing their plans for the extension of the breast screening service to cover all eligible women by 1990 and have already opened additional centres in:
Region Centre North East Thames Elizabeth Garratt Anderson Hospital Wessex Isle of Wight
The service will provide routine screening for women aged 50—64 and for older women on request. We are very pleased with the commitment which health authorities and their staff are showing towards this programme which will make a significant contribution to the health of the women of this country. I expect to make a further announcement soon about the next group of centres planned for opening in 1989 and 1990.