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Cervical Screening Programme - England, 2005-2006

Publication date: 09:30 December 20, 2006


This bulletin presents information about the cervical screening programme in England and includes data about the call and re-call system, screening samples examined by pathology labs and referrals to coloposcopy and subsequent treatment and outcome.

Note: Revision (13 August 2010)

There is a systematic error in the calculation of repeat inadequate samples quoted in paragraph 2.3.1 of the 2008-09 Bulletin and similar figures from 2006 onwards, which has resulted in a slightly inflated percentage being published. This issue will be addressed in the 2009-10 publication and where year on year comparison occurs, historic data will be amended.


There has been a small revision of table 19 within the Surrey & Sussex section as of 19/1/2007.

Key Facts

At 10 August 2006

  • Over the last ten years the percentage of eligible women who have been screened at least once in the previous 5 years has been declining slightly to 79.5 per cent in 2006 compared with 80.3 per cent last year and 82 per cent in 1996
  • Coverage was 80 per cent or higher in 194 of the 303 Primary Care Organisations (PCOs). A drop compared to last year when 207 PCOs reached this level.


  • 3.6 million women (all ages) were screened, the majority after a formal invitation from the screening programme, a similar amount to 2004/05
  • Whilst numbers of women invited (25-64) has dropped from 4.15 to 4.06 million in the last year, a decrease of 2.2 per cent, the numbers of women screened has risen from 3.28 to 3.36 million, an increase of 2.4 per cent
  • The percentage of inadequate samples has fallen from just over 9 per cent over the last few years, to the lowest figure recorded: 7.2 per cent, the main reason is likely to be the introduction of Liquid Based Cytology (LBC) as a method of taking samples.


Date Range: 01 April 2005 to 31 March 2006
Geographical coverage: England
Geographical granularity: Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Organisations

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