South Wales East AM Lindsay Whittle’s blog: September 5
I’ve raised the issue of cervical screening tests with the Welsh Health Minister Mark Drakeford.
Two constituents contacted me over changes that mean from this month the starting age for smear tests for women has risen from 20 to 25 while the frequency of screening for the over 50s increases from three to five years.
One of the women received treatment as a result of screening when under 25 years of age and the other was a constituent whose daughter was affected. Many will also recall the case of reality TV star Jade Goody.
I have grave concerns that this decision will lead to more cases of cervical cancer laying undetected for longer.
I’m told that the evidence shows that screening women aged 20-24 causes more harm than good and might cause problems in any subsequent pregnancy.
I’ve stated my view that information could be given to women under 25 and then they have a choice of turning down or accepting the offer of a test.
I was not sure most women age under 25 or over 50 will agree with the experts who think the changes are a good idea.
New Caerphilly Library
I’ve been hugely impressed with the look of the state-of-the-art new library and customer service at the Twyn in Caerphilly.
When I was council leader I insisted that the design should be in keeping with Caerphilly and was shown the plans at a meeting with the architect.
I’m pleased to see the end product. A new library was needed and the former Plaid administration wanted to ensure that library facilities across the county borough were improved – and they have been – with Bargoed, Newbridge and Risca among the areas to benefit.
Work on Caerphilly’s new library is due to be completed later this year and will open to the public early in 2014.
Proms in the Park
I’m at a wedding on Saturday so I’ll miss the BBC Proms in the Park. It should be a very good night – another great event for the town with the backdrop of Caerphilly Castle. I hope this wonderful summer holds up and it stays nice and dry for all those going.
Plaid Cymru South Wales East AM
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