Babies: Hereditary Diseases

Department of Health written question – answered on 27th January 2015.

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Photo of Nigel Dodds Nigel Dodds Shadow Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), DUP Westminster Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has discussed with Ministers in the devolved administrations the merits of extending to their jurisdictions the recently-announced programme to screen newborn babies in England for four rare genetic disorders.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is for each United Kingdom country to decide how to respond to advice from the UK National Screening Committee. We have not had discussions with Ministers in the devolved administrations regarding the implementation of the extension to the screening programme for newborn babies.

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