Inadequate smears cost UK NHS £4 million a year
This article was originally published in Clinica
Inadequate cervical smears, which account for around 8% of the 4.5 million carried out in the UK each year, are costing the government £4 million ($6 million). The UK's 183 screening laboratories reported inadequacy rates ranging between one and over 20%. This, says imperial Cancer Research Fund scientist Dr Peter Sasieni, is "a totally unacceptable variation".