Breast Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has plans to facilitate the use of private clinics to carry out mammograms as a result of the failures in the breast cancer screening process for women aged 68 to 71.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many (a) mammographers and (b) radiologists his Department plans to recruited to provide the additional capacity required for the breast screening programme as a result of the failures of the breast cancer screening programme.

Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment (a) his Department, (b) Public Health England and (c) other organisations made of the timetable to clear the backlog in the screening programme as a resulted of the failure of the breast cancer screening programme.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

NHS England is taking major steps to put in place additional capacity of screening services to respond to the breast screening incident working with existing staff, including over evenings and weekends, and advise that they are also working closely with all local services and commissioners to ensure that they can co-ordinate any extra screening required across the programme.

In addition, NHS England is confident that all areas of the country will have the capacity to absorb any increase in demand on diagnostic services for those women who require follow up tests. Private capacity will only be used if necessary and where it meets national standards.

The Department, Public Health England and NHS England are working closely to ensure timelines agreed are met as a result of the failure of the breast cancer screening programme.

All women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment to take place before the end of October 2018, but the vast majority will be seen sooner.

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