Date lodged: 16 May 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that an average of one-in-three women aged 25 to 29, and one-in-four women overall, do not take up the offer of cervical testing.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 29 May 2018
Increasing participation in the Scottish Cervical Screening Programme is a key objective for the Scottish Government.
Last year we ran a successful advertising campaign ‘Flower’ to raise awareness of cervical screening among women aged 25-35. In 2018, we will focus on the overall benefits of early detection for all cancers.
Up to £5m of funding from the Cancer Strategy 'Beating Cancer: Ambition and Action' 2016 is being invested in our screening programmes, including cervical screening, to reduce inequalities and improve uptake, particularly amongst those less likely to participate in screening.
Scottish Government officials meet cervical screening coordinators from all NHS Boards on a quarterly basis to discuss a range of issues relating to the national screening programme, including promoting screening services and initiatives to improve uptake. NHS Boards have responsibility for publicising screening within their local area and for working closely with their communities to increase screening uptake.