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NHS England has announced that cervical screening programme administration will no longer be run by Capita and is to be brought back in house.
NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said he is not satisfied with how the private company has run the cervical screening programme, and will begin the phased transition back in house in June. He was addressing
the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on March 20.
Last year, it was revealed that Capita failed to deliver over 47,000 cervical cancer screening letters to patients - an issue it knew about two months before informing NHS England.
Stevens said: "We have not been satisfied with the way in which Capita has been performing. Today I am announcing we are bringing the cervical screening service back in house to the NHS from Capita, beginning in June with a phased transition through the rest of the year".
BMA GP Committee executive team member Dr Krishna Kasaraneni said: "Any transition process must be robust and not be done as a cost-cutting exercise at the expense of patient safety.
"Furthermore, we know there are still fundamental ongoing issues with Capita’s delivery of other backroom functions including the transfer of patient records, pensions administration and payments to practices, and we demand that NHS England ultimately takes responsibility for all of these shortcomings, and brings these back in-house as well."
In January, Public Health England announced a new campaign to urge more women to test for cervical cancer, after data revealed coverage has reached the lowest point in two decades.
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