Fury over delay in switch to HPV tests

Furious pathologists are warning that Pap smear test results will take as long as six weeks following the last-minute deferral of the changeover to HPV testing.

The revamp of the National Cervical Screening Program was due to kick in on 1 May but has been put off until 1 December this year because the screening register outsourced to Telstra will not be ready on time.

The Department of Health said last week that it remained committed to “delivering the register as early as possible within the 2017 calendar year”.

“In the meantime, current