PERFORMANCE: The south east London borough had a screening rate of 12.3 per cent, less than half most of its neighbouring boroughs.

A report to the South East London cluster board on chlamydia screening in 2010-11 said: “Bexley remains a significantly lower performer.

It adds: “This relates to contractual difficulties with potential and actual providers. Negotiations with one provider did not reach a successful conclusion, and a different provider was found. Following commencement with this provider in November 2010, concerns were raised about their practice and consequently the service was suspended until February when assurances were received that their practice had improved.

“Obviously this has impacted on the ability to reach the target,” it stated.

The report said: “Work is ongoing to increase the number of screens taking place in GP surgeries and in pharmacies.”

The South East London cluster consists of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark primary care trusts.