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England’s chlamydia screening programme is inefficient and fragmented, MPs say

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c539 (Published 28 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c539
  1. Helen Mooney
  1. 1London

    The government’s chlamydia testing programme in England has been inefficient, and the efforts of primary care trusts to run it have been duplicated unnecessarily, the public spending watchdog has found.

    Edward Leigh, chairman of the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee, which carried out the analysis, criticised the Department of Health for leaving primary care trusts to organise the buying and commissioning of services and equipment needed to run the testing programme at a local level.

    “This hands-off approach led to duplication of effort and inefficiency. And the DH [Department of Health] did not know how much the PCTs [primary care trusts] were …

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