To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to introduce an epigenetics-based test for cervical cancer on the NHS.
It is important that any screening test introduced into a screening programme is based on robust published peer reviewed evidence demonstrating more good than harm. A change to the main screen test such as using epigenetics-based testing would be considered as a major programme modification to the cervical screening programme.
Submissions to the UK NSC to consider a programme modification can be submitted throughout the year with more information available at the following link:
NHS England is currently working to implement primary human papillomavirus screening in England.