Genetic Haemochromatosis

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:30 pm on 3rd July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Pawsey Mark Pawsey Conservative, Rugby 4:30 pm, 3rd July 2019

The hon. Lady is exactly right. Very often, people suffer from the symptoms and persevere. They feel tired and just generally unwell, but they do not know why they are affected, so awareness of the condition among the medical profession when people present with those symptoms is vital in identifying those affected.

In terms of the additional demands placed on the NHS, we can estimate an extra 564 patients diagnosed with liver disease and 125 new liver cancer patients every year from among those with the condition. If we can diagnose it, enable patients to be aware of it and deal with it earlier, we can prevent it from making such a substantial demand on the NHS.