HC Deb 09 January 2001 vol 360 c537W
Ms Oona King

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the support available to sufferers of(a) sickle cell disease and (b) thalassaemia. [143609]

Mr. Denham

There are a range of hospital and community services in place to support patients with sickle cell and thalassaemia disorders. We are improving services through the development of a new national screening programme for haemoglobinopathies, by raising public and professional awareness and through research designed to provide evidence about the effectiveness of current treatments.

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