Barbara recently welcomed the extension of screening for cervical cancer.
Speaking during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons, Barbara reminded MPs that cervical screening can save around 4,500 lives a year. Despite this, the Conservative Party had cliamed that cancer screening was a gimmick. Barbara also praised the work of Salford Primary Care Trust, which is working hard to increase the uptake of screening among women in vulnerable age groups.
“Screening for cervical cancer saves thousands of lives every year, but we know we have to do better to increase uptake among young women, particularly those in their late 20s and early 30s. Given that, will my Right Honourable Friend join me in congratulating Salford Primary Care Trust, whose initiative to improve those processes brought about a 7% increase in uptake? In fact, is it not the case that action locally and nationally to improve screening is a lifesaver, not a political gimmick?”
Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, echoed Barbara’s comments and described the extension of measures to prevent cervical cancer.
“I am sorry that the Opposition last week said that the cervical cancer screening times that we are introducing were a gimmick. What we are doing is introducing vaccination against cervical cancer, available to teenagers. That is a big investment that we are making because it will save lives. I hope that there will be support in all parties for the action that we are taking.”