HC Deb 04 March 2002 vol 381 cc127-8W
Mr. Barker

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce human papilloma virus screening to test for cervical cancer. [38086]

Health authorities with radiotherapy centres located within its boundaries
Cambridgeshire Addenbrooke's NHST
Norfolk Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHST
North Essex Essex Rivers Healthcare NHST
South Essex Southend Hospital NHST
Suffolk Ipswich Hospital NHST
Hertfordshire West Hertfordshire Hospitals MHST
Barking and Havering Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHST
Barnet Enfield and Haringey North Middlesex University Hospital NHST
Camden and Islington (2) Royal Free Hampstead NHST
University College London Hospitals NHSTCH
Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow Hammersmith Hospitals NHST
East London and the City Barts and the London NHST
Kensington Chelsea and Westminster Royal Marsden NHST
Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital Trust
Manchester Christie's Hospital NHST
North-west Lancashire Preston Acute Hospitals NHST
Wirral Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHST
East Riding and Hull Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHST
Leeds Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHST
Newcastle and North Tyneside The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHST
North Cumbria North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHST
Tees South Tees Hospitals NHST

Yvette Cooper

As yet, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of human papilloma virus (HPV) testing as a primary screening tool. The health technology assessment (HTA) review of research into HPV testing, published in September 1999, concluded that the evidence might support testing for HPV only in certain situations, such as the management of borderline screening test results.

A Government funded pilot study of HPV and liquid based cytology testing as triage for women with mild or borderline abnormalities began in April 2001. The HPV arm of the pilot will end in September 2002. Analysis of the data will begin in October 2002 and a report of the evaluation of the pilot will be submitted in early 2003.

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