HC Deb 12 July 1996 vol 281 cc336-7W
Ms Harman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the strategy for screening for sickle cell anaemia, glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension; and how this strategy relates to members of ethnic minorities. [37024]

Mr. Horam

Individual health authorities are responsible for assessing the needs of their resident populations, including the needs of ethnic minorities, and for purchasing services, including screening, to provide for those needs.

The new National Screening Committee, which will meet for the first time later this year, will advise on national policy for implementation of screening programmes. Decisions are yet to be made on which conditions it will consider.

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