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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 126634, tabled on 21 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to increase the funding for smear testing on the NHS to help improve levels of early diagnosis.

Answered on

26 April 2022

Unlike other National Health Service screening services, the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England is a preventative programme which tests for abnormal cells which, if left untreated, could develop into cervical cancer. Cervical screening is an essential service as part of the General Practitioner (GP) contract and funding is awarded through the Quality Outcome Framework (QOF). The QOF points for cervical screening were doubled in 2020 to restore cervical screening levels. Practices were asked to identify those patients whose appointment may have been delayed or cancelled due to COVID-19 and ensure they were offered an appointment.