The preliminary report on the review of the cancer screening services in England led by Professor Mike Richards was published on the 24th May.
Having consulted widely, including a submission from the BAC amongst others, it identifies both good and poor performance in the cancer screening programmes, including the cervical screening programme.
It highlights issues with IT, performance monitoring and standards, management and accountability amongst others. The final report will be published later this year. The recommendations will be challenging to implement, but are essential to maintain the quality and public and professional confidence in them.