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National Cancer Screening Programmes in England Review

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 148945, tabled on 3 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to publish an implementation plan in response to Professor Sir Mike Richard's Independent review of adult screening programmes.

Answered on

10 February 2021

The Department, NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England (PHE) are considering the findings of Professor Sir Mike Richards’ report, together with recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee and the National Audit Office and any outstanding recommendations form the Independent Breast Screening Review, as part of a wider screening improvement programme.

Following the Government’s announcement that PHE will be replaced by the new National Institute for Health Protection, the publication of an implementation plan was paused to ensure that the resulting organisational changes and transfer of functions were reflected in the implementation plan. The Department remains committed to the improvement of screening programmes and will publish in due course.

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