HC Deb 03 July 2003 vol 408 c478W
Ms Dari Taylor

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in making screening services for cystic fibrosis available to all new mothers and pregnant women. [121733]

Miss Melanie Johnson

The Government have announced their intention to implement a new national programme for neonatal cystic fibrosis screening. The UK National Screening Committee (NSC) has commissioned a programme of work to plan for the national provision of cystic fibrosis screening using the Guthrie Bloodspot Card. The NSC is looking at screening protocols, costs, feasibility, timetables and links to other antenatal programmes.