Cuts threaten GP training
Women who were born outside the UK are missing out on cervical cancer screening, according to a new study urging GPs to target new migrants.
Minority groups such as Chinese, north African and eastern European women are slipping though the net and efforts to tackle inequalities in screening should now focus on these 'hard-to-reach' patients, researchers conclude.
But the Manchester study found uptake among south Asian women seemed to be improving as awareness increased, suggesting low uptake among migrants was a 'transient phenomenon'.
Uptake was 69.5 per cent in south Asians, 44 per cent in eastern Europeans and 37 per cent in women from Somalia, compared with 73 per cent for the general population, according to the study, in the latest edition of the Journal of Public Health.
Lead author Professor Andrew Pickles, chair of epidemiology and social statistics at the University of Manchester, said the uptake seemed to improve the longer a population had been resident in the UK.
'It's not a problem of ethnicity but a problem with
new migrant groups,' he said. 'One solution is to include patients in health services more promptly.'