North Ayrshire woman has to wait months for life-saving tests


North Ayrshire women have to wait months for critical cervical cancer screenings, worried MSP said after voters contacted him about their inability to get an appointment.

One in four on the NHS Ayrshire and Arran Health Board misses their appointment by invitation. However, some of those who want an appointment have been told that they may have to wait months to get it.

Cervical screening tests play a vital role in preventing multiple unnecessary deaths from late detection each year, and usage has declined locally between 2020 and 2021.

On the First Minister’s question, Jamie Greene said he was concerned about the delays in seeking appointment and the low acceptance rate. He added that Covid doesn’t have to have an even bigger health impact than it already does.

Jamie Greene commented, “Cervical cancer screening can mean the difference between life and death, which is why I was so concerned to learn that many women have to wait months to get their appointments.

“I raised the issue directly with the First Minister and urged her to provide more support to general practitioners and local health services so that they can meet demand.

“I also urge those who have been invited to a screening to attend this appointment – it is better to be on the safe side.

“A cervical screening test is free, it doesn’t take long and we shouldn’t let Covid cause more health problems in our lives.”


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