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Liver Diseases: Screening

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to introduce a national screening programme for liver disease. (233661)

The Government have no current plans to introduce a national screening programme for liver disease.

We are concerned about the increasing incidence of and mortality from liver disease. We are already taking action on a number of fronts to combat its primary causes—alcohol misuse, viral hepatitis and obesity.

We are now considering the possibility of developing a national plan for liver disease, which would cover early detection and health promotion as well as the full range of health services.