Backlog of untested cervical screening samples discovered
National Audit Office finds more than 150,000 untested samples in laboratories
More than 150,000 untested cervical screening samples were discovered in laboratories across England, Whitehall’s spending watchdog has found.
The National Audit Office (NAO) said that changes to testing arrangements led to a backlog. This has since been reduced, but the size of the backlog suggests that hundreds of thousands of women have had to wait to find out if they needed treatment.