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Cervical cancer screenings now free in Jersey

Rob England

BBC News Online

A £16 fee for smear tests at the Le Bas Centre has been dropped from today by the States of Jersey.

In April, when the decision was made to drop the fee, Former Health Minister, Andrew Green, said the department would be looking to expand the free smear tests to GPs in the island "by the end of the year".

Women can now go to the Le Bas Centre for their three yearly or five yearly screenings.

Dr Nigel Minihane, Chair of the Primary Care Body - which represents GPs in Jersey - said the move was a "positive step" until advances in technology allow self-testing, which would make early detection of cervical cancer easier.