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DIY tests may help GPs meet pay target

GPs involved in a ground-breaking trial of a do-it-yourself screening test for human papilloma virus hope it will help them meet their cervical cytology pay targets.

Practices with low smear uptake rates in Hounslow, west London, have provided details of 1,000 women who have failed to attend smear tests to trial leaders from Cancer Research UK.

Dr Baljit Bhullar, whose singlehanded practice in Feltham is involved in the trial, said: 'We needed something to boost uptake locally. It has been working very well and patients are happy with the extra choice.'

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