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Comment regarding IT failures in the cervical screening programme

Wed, 14/11/2018 - 14:49

Following today’s news about failures in the IT system supporting the cervical screening programme, our Chief Executive, Robert Music commented:

“Frankly it is appalling that thousands of women have been affected by this system failure. Sadly we are not surprised as we have time and time again raised our concerns regarding the IT system supporting the cervical screening programme, including with the Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock. It was called not fit for purpose in 2011 yet no progress has been made. This is a disgrace and the fact that it is now affecting women both in terms of being invited and getting their results is completely unacceptable. An urgent review must be conducted to ensure that our cervical screening programme is safe and future proofed.”

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