This just popped in to my inbox as I subscribe to the PHE screening blog.
What an absolute farce.
I’m seething. You should be too.
I’ve left a comment on their blog post. Under moderation. Let’s see.
How about stopping sending cervical screening invites to the women who have had cervical cancer. It’s a very common moan in survivor circles that these leaflets/invites are upsetting. Many of us have given up trying to get our names taken off the list. Believe us we have tried repeatedly. Do women who have had mastectomies receive the same upsetting mammogram invites?
In fact how about radically overhauling the way in which invites to screening are managed full stop. How much are Capita being paid to manage this? Do you think cutting back on a bit of printing and postage is going to solve the problem?
You may find my latest blog post rather blunt, but it’s very true. It’s damning, but if you read back through you will see that I do have at least some idea of what is going on. I’m happy to help.
I’m not sure what data set you and Jo’s are working on but fingertips gives good basic data on screening uptake rates at Primary care level. A representative from Jo’s at a recent meeting was unaware that Primary care could access their own screening data. I’ve sat through presentations at Britain against cancer from PHE data people. So much duplication, I despaired. I think reigning back on a few paper leaflets while the whole screening service is in utter disarray is akin to deckchairs and the Titanic.
I look forward to hearing what great ideas you’ve come up with in Manchester. Maybe you’d like to hear some of mine.
Julia Tugwell – Yes the same one quoted in your routes to diagnosis press release.