Date lodged: 4 September 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action has been taken to improve uptake of cervical screening in the most deprived areas of Scotland.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 20 September 2018
We are investing up to £5 million from the Cancer Strategy to tackle inequalities in access to screening, including cervical screening. The funds will support new activities, sharing of learning from local practice and innovation, to improve uptake of screening programmes, particularly amongst those least likely to participate.
We are supporting the work of charities like Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust to increase awareness and address some of the barriers to participation. To enable the charity to expand their reach we are funding their innovative new outreach service targeting women less likely to attend. We also supported their first ever Scottish roadshow providing information and support about cervical screening and cervical cancer to high streets and retail parks across Scotland.
Officials continue to work closely with Cervical Screening Coordinators from all NHS Boards to develop local level initiatives to improve uptake for all women and to promote cervical screening services by communicating effectively with a range of audiences.