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NHS Scotland calls 13,000 women for smear tests after error

Thousands of women are to be called for smear tests after errors in Scotland's cervical screening programme.

In June 2021 it was discovered that several women had died from cervical cancer after being wrongly excluded from NHS Scotland's screening list.

Now a further review expects to find 13,000 patients who have had a hysterectomy will need further tests.

The Scottish government said the risk to people excluded from the screening programme was low.

Women aged 25-64 are offered smear tests checking for human papillomavirus (HPV) which is the main cause of cervical cancer.