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Dáil supports Sinn Féin call to expand new-born screening services – O’Reilly

20 June, 2019 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly TD has welcomed the support of all TDs in the Dáil for a Sinn Féin amendment calling for the expansion of our new-born screening programme.

Teachta O’Reilly said:

“I am delighted that the Dáil has agreed to a Sinn Féin amendment calling for the new-born screening programme to guarantee that every child born in this State have the right to be screened at birth for any disease for which there is a viable treatment.

“This is an essential service which needs to be improved and upgraded.

“Our new-born screening services only screen new-born babies for eight conditions, whereas Britain screens for 9, Switzerland 13, Sweden 24, Portugal 25, and Italy 40.

“The failure to screen babies in Ireland to a higher standard has had a devastating effect on many families across the state, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

“The expansion of our new-born screening programme would have a huge impact and benefit for families and babies, and it would save the State millions in the long run.

“In Italy, they passed a law to ensure all babies born would be screened for at birth for any disease for which there is a viable treatment.

“We should be able to do the same here - if the technology and research exists to save babies lives then we should be using it.”

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