'Govt failing to act' over rise in missed smear tests

Labour has accused the Government for failing to act after figures showed an 11% rise in the number of women who had missed a vital cancer screening.

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Women in England and Wales are eligible for smear tests at 25. Credit: PA

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Around 3.7 million women were late with their smear test check up for cervical cancer last year, while only 364,000 missed them in 2009-10, according to data.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), who released the figures, said the working women bracket had the biggest increase in overdue smear tests.

More than a million aged in their 30s were overdue, up 11%, while numbers of 40-somethings rose 15% to 925,000 and in their 50s it was up 16% to 620,000.

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Ministers blamed over rise in overdue smear tests

Ministers have been accused of failing to act on the rise in the number of women missing cancer screenings, said Labour. The Health and Social Care Information Centre found an 11% rise in the number of women who had missed checks for cervical cancer.