– Scottish Parliament written question – answered at on 11 March 2011.

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Photo of Ross Finnie Ross Finnie Liberal Democrat

Question S3W-39666

To ask the Scottish Executive what criteria would be applied in considering the introduction of (a) image assisted screening and (b) human papilloma virus (HPV) testing in screening for cervical cancer.

Photo of Shona Robison Shona Robison Scottish National Party

The UK National Screening Committee provides expert advice to the four UK countries on screening programmes and is yet to fully consider HPV testing in screening for cervical cancer. In addition, the Breast and Cervical Screening National Advisory Group has recommended that a sub group be established to consider HPV testing within the cervical screening programme in Scotland. The sub-group will use its expertise to consider the available evidence and will provide advice to the Scottish Government. The timeline for the sub-group to report will be agreed shortly.

With any introduction of or change to screening programmes in Scotland, evidence, effectiveness and cost benefit is always considered to ensure that the best possible programme in delivered for the Scottish population.

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