Women facing two-week delays in accessing cervical cancer screening results

Nine months after its launch, register's automatic functions still not working

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Women are waiting up to two weeks for their HPV screening results because the national cervical cancer register is still unable to automatically match all test results with patients' medical histories.

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The hold-ups have been described as “unacceptable” by Jenny Sikorski, CEO of Public Pathology Australia, who claims it could delay the treatment of some patients with cancer.

The $220 million National Cancer Screening Register, which has been in operation since December last year, was meant to optimise the process for cervical