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Down’s Syndrome campaign
“Don’t Screen Us Out” say their concerns are not being considered
Campaigners from the Don’t Screen Us Out campaign have been voicing their concerns over the lack of government response to their campaign, saying their concerns have been “constantly ignored.”@ The campaign seeks to delay the introduction of a non-
The Daily Mail reported on 10th August @ that “Whitehall sources said yesterday the Government was poised to approve the progamme [and] it is an open secret that any day now NIPT will be offered as an additional test for Down’s Syndrome [sic] and other conditions.” This is contrary to a comment provided by a spokesperson from the Department of Health, who reiterated “We are listening to everyone’s views on this important issue, and want women to make informed decisions and access safe and appropriate tests. We are considering this carefully and will make an announcement in due course.” @ According to the article, the new NIPT method will cost the NHS £280 per patient, compared with £650 for an amniocentesis, which is the current test available and which also carries a risk of miscarriage.