Written answers

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Department of Health

Health Screening Programmes

Photo of John BradyJohn Brady (Wicklow, Sinn Fein)
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304. To ask the Minister for Health the decisions that were taken at the meeting of 17 July 2020 of the National Screening Advisory Committee about expanding the blood spot screening programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19399/20]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Further to my response to a PQ received from the Deputy in relation to this issue last week, a meeting of the NSAC took place on 17 July 2020 where the Committee considered (1) the addition of ADA-SCID to the blood spot screening programme and (2) a change in the screening pathway of the Diabetic RetinaScreen programme. I still await the outcome of the discussions of the Committee.

Updates in relation to the work of the Committee will be posted on the NSAC website  available at www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/nsac/. 

I am strongly committed to identifying any opportunities that exist in this area and to their implementation.

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