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Overseas Health Insurance News: Screening uptake 'would improve with flexible doctors'

Overseas health insurance customers might want to check how flexible their local GP surgery is in terms of appointment times.

According to recent suggestions from Patrick Shervington, chief executive of Women's Health Concern, women are more likely to have a cervical cancer screening if their doctor offers them a choice of times in the evenings or at weekends, for example.

Mr Shervington said: "If more and more surgeries are open for longer hours, then [women] can be fitted in.

"Then de facto, there will be a rise in the uptake of screening. Flexible surgery hours or health centre hours would make a positive difference."

His comments are supported by recent research from Jo's Trust, which found that a substantial number of women have delayed or missed a cervical screening appointment because they were unable to get away from work.

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