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UK newborn baby screening 'not good enough'

UK babies are missing out on checks for rare but serious health conditions, putting lives at risk, according to a report from the charity Genetic Alliance UK. The NHS offers newborns a blood test to screen for up to nine conditions, whereas many other European countries look for 20 or more illnesses and the US screens for more than 50, the charity says. 

The UK National Screening Committee says its recommendations are based on evidence and are regularly reviewed. It is up to the governments in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to decide which tests to provide. Genetic Alliance UK says affordable ways to expand the screening exist, but are not being used.

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Source: BBC News, 23 July 2019


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