Evening Express

Chromosomal disorder screening plans move forward

David Duguid

A north-east MP is delighted screening for a chromosomal disorder could be introduced after a review by a national body.

David Duguid first heard of 22q11 Syndrome, also known as DiGeorge Syndrome, when working with parents in his Banff and Buchan constituency.

The Scottish Conservative MP has been supporting charity Max Appeal which had called for routine testing to be done to newborns.

Mr Duguid has been told 22q11 has passed the first stage of approval by the National Screening Committee (NSC), which advises ministers and the NHS in all parts of the UK about population screening. It is the first time it has been reviewed by the NSC.

The MP said: “This long-awaited news will hopefully give Max Appeal and parents in my constituency the boost they have been waiting for – an indication our hard work could pay off.”