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Spina Bifida

Volume 972: debated on Tuesday 30 October 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on a nationwide screening programme to prevent spina bifida in babies.

Screening for spina bifida and related conditions has been the subject of a study by the working group on screening for neural tube defects, which very recently presented its report to the standing medical advisory committee. My right hon. Friend and I are now considering the report in the light of the committee's comments.

The consultants concerned would normally have been paid a fee—also shown below—for each such visit, subject to an individual earnings limit from such fees equivalent to 300 visits.