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Anger over cancer test delay

HEALTH bosses have apologised for delays in returning the results of smear tests to borough women.

HEALTH bosses have apologised for delays in returning the results of smear tests to borough women.

Solihull NHS Care Trust has come under attack, after it emerged that some patients were waiting over two months for the results of cervical screening.

This week Meriden MP Caroline Spelman described the waiting times as ‘unacceptable’.

“Any woman who has early signs of cervical cancer needs her test results quickly and then immediate access to expert treatment.”

By the end of this year, the Government has said that all women should be expecting their results back within a fortnight.

The care trust has said that cutting waiting times is a high priority.

Stephen Munday, director of public health, said: “We are aware that some women have recently had to wait longer than we would like for their cervical screening test result and apologise for this.

“It has been due to the large increase in women having cervical screening tests earlier in the year and a number of staffing issues in the local service.”

He said that the care trust was dealing with a backlog and that waiting times were falling.

The care trust hopes to meet the Government’s target of a two-week turnaround by the end of the year.

In the UK, there are around 2,800 new cases of cervical cancer each year.

Health authorities have recently seen a rise in the number of women going for smear tests, following the widely publicised death of reality TV star Jade Goody last year.

 

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