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Thursday, December 2, 2021

WATCH: Stephen Donnelly announces public call for suggestions on changes to screening programmes

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has announced the National Screening Advisory Committee’s (NSAC) national call for changes to Ireland’s screening programmes.

This allows people to submit suggestions that will be considered in relation to population-based screening.

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Suggestions are submitted to the NSAC, an independent advisory committee that advises the Department of Health and the Health Minister on new proposals for population-based screening.

NSAC will then make recommendations to Minister Donnelly and the Department of Health which will suggest changes to screening programmes in Ireland.

Donnelly announced two options for anyone who wishes to make a suggestion; the first way is to submit a proposal for change on an existing programme such as CervicalCheck, BreastCheck, Diabetic RetinaScreen etc…

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The second way is to submit a proposal for a new population-based screening programme that doesn’t exist yet.

Donnelly stated, “I’m committed to supporting our screening programmes which are such an important part of our health system.”

He added, “Screening gives us an opportunity to identify those who may be at risk of developing disease at an early stage.”

The Health Minister stressed the importance of the Committee hearing everyone’s voice “as we strive to develop policy in relation to screening in Ireland.”

IMAGE – Stephen Donnelly (via Twitter)

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