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CervicalCheck lab gives private patients results in weeks while public patients wait for months

Women paying privately for cervical smear tests are receiving their results within two to three weeks from the same laboratory that is taking up to seven months to get results back to public patients

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

@susmitchellsbp
31st March, 2019
Minister for Health Simon Harris

Women paying privately for cervical smear tests are receiving their results within two to three weeks from the same laboratory that is taking up to seven months to get results back to public patients.

The long delays in processing smear tests for public patients under the CervicalCheck programme have caused a public outcry.

Medical professionals have said that the long delays for public patients have already led to delayed diagnoses of cervical cancer for some...

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