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Babies: Screening

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 280946, tabled on 23 July 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to expand NHS provision of screenings for new-born babies.

Answered on

3 September 2019

The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) welcomes proposals to screen for new conditions via its annual call for topics. The call runs from September to December and allows members of the public and stakeholders to submit new conditions for the UK NSC to consider and assess it against its internationally recognised criteria. It is important that the addition of any new conditions to the newborn blood spot programme, or any population screening programme, is supported by robust peer-reviewed evidence.

Information about the annual call for topic can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-nsc-evidence-review-process

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