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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Cervical Screening Programme, England - 2016-17

Official statistics, National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
United Kingdom
Geographical Granularity:
Country, Strategic Health Authorities, Local Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Regions
Date Range:
01 Apr 2016 to 31 Mar 2017


Update 19 July 2019: NHS Digital have been made aware of errors or omissions in the CSV files relating to Table 1, Table 1 (coverage) and Table 18. This data has now been replaced. Please note, the original data contained within the Excel data tables file was correct. Only the csv files mentioned were incorrect.


This report presents information about the NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England in 2016-17 and includes data on the call and recall system, on screening samples examined by pathology laboratories and on referrals to colposcopy clinics.

Key Facts

• At 31 March 2017, the percentage of eligible women (aged 25 to 64) who were recorded as screened adequately within the specified period was 72.0 per cent. This compares with 72.7 per cent at 31 March 2016 and 75.4 per cent at 31 March 2012.

• A total of 4.45 million women aged 25 to 64 were invited for screening in 2016-17, representing an increase of 5.6 per cent from 2015-16 when 4.21 million women were invited.

• In total, 3.18 million women aged 25 to 64 years were tested in 2016-17, an increase of 2.9 per cent from 2015-16 when 3.09 million women were tested.

• Of samples submitted by GPs and NHS Community Clinics, 94.8 per cent of test results were returned Negative.


• 8.8 per cent of patients did not attend colposcopy appointments and gave no prior warning.


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Last edited: 19 July 2019 1:56 pm