Women's Health

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:05 pm on 10th June 1988.

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Photo of Joan Ruddock Joan Ruddock , Lewisham, Deptford 1:05 pm, 10th June 1988

We all applaud the situation that the hon. Lady is outlining. The health authority in my area has been able to get that kind of system going. But a problem arises after the first laboratory turn around time of four weeks when there is an abnormal smear recording and women have to return. There are then enormous delays. Women have an abnormal smear and do not know what is wrong. That is because of the lack of colposcopy services. Perhaps the hon. Lady will tell the House about the colposcopy service in her health authority.