Cervical Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 29th May 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when the urine test for cervical cancer will be adopted by the NHS.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There are currently no plans to adopt urine testing into the National Health Service Cervical Screening Programme (NHS CSP), the United Kingdom National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has not been asked to assess the evidence for urine testing against its criteria.

Proposals for any major modifications to an existing screening programme, such as a move to offer urine testing as the primary screen test in the NHS CSP would require a formal submission to the UK NSC as per its published review process. Proposals for modifications are accepted by the UK NSC throughout the year. More information can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-nsc-evidence-review-process/appendix-d-how-to-submit-a-proposal-to-the-uk-nsc

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