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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Question for Department of Health

UIN 61533, tabled on 25 January 2017

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether cervical screening is available to all women at contraception and sexual health clinics.

Answered on

2 February 2017

The NHS Cervical Screening Programme is directly commissioned by NHS England as part of the Section 7A agreement of the National Health Service Act 2006, as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. The availability of screening within contraception and sexual health clinics, which are commissioned by local authorities, is a matter for local agreement.

There is also the human papillomavirus (HPV) adolescent vaccination programme for girls which is well established in the United Kingdom and expected to have a significant impact on reducing cervical cancer. Since the start of the programme in 2008, more than 8.5 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given in the UK, with close to 90% of eligible teenagers vaccinated.

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Department of Health and Social Care