It is misleading to suggest the rise in overdue smear tests is the result of a lack of GP access, the Government has said.
A Department of Health spokeswoman claimed there had been a sharp rise in the number of women screened for cervical cancer in the wake of Jade Goody's death in 2009, and now, fewer were choosing to get screened:
It is disingenuous to suggest that more women are unable to get a smear test because of GP access issues.
We know there was a significant rise in women wanting tests in 2009 following Jade Goody's death, and now fewer women choose to take up the invitation to have a smear.
The old 48-hour GP appointment target actually worsened access and under new plans, millions more people will get to see their family doctor at evenings and weekends.
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