To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) what advice he has received from the (a) UK National Screening Committee and (b) Advisory Committee on Cervical Screening on the use of HPV testing as a primary screen within the cervical screening programme;
(2) what plans he has to introduce HPV testing as a primary screen within the cervical screening programme.
At its meeting on
As set out in the second annual report of “Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer” in December 2012, six cervical screening sites will begin piloting HPV testing as primary screening shortly. The pilot sites are Liverpool; Manchester; Northwick Park, London; Bristol; Sheffield and Norwich.