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More genetic testing needed on the NHS

31st January 2012

A report from the Human Genomics Strategy Group has said the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) should carry out assessments on new genetic tests.

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The assessments are part of a push to get more genetic technology adopted by the health service.

The report has published recommendations on how to use more genetic technology in order to diagnose, prevent and treat diseases.

The report's authors in the Strategy Group said the government should publish a White Paper to show policy direction on how the health service should adopt genetic technology.

The report added that NICE's Diagnostic Assessment Programme should perform a major role in clinically evaluating new forms of genetic testing.

It said NICE could ascertain which tests were cost effective and could be adopted quickly and efficiently by the NHS.

Professor Sir John Bell, Chair of the Human Genomics Strategy Group, added: "Adopting the recommendations in our report would lead to further revolutionary developments in our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent disease, and I urge the government to consider these."

Professor Carole Longson, NICE Health Technology Evaluation Centre Director, said: "We welcome this report which will enhance the role of NICE and its Diagnostics Assessment Programme in the evaluation of important genetic tests."

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Paul Davidson

Wednesday 1st February 2012 @ 15:14

Hello having lost a child to a RARE Disease (Gauchers Disease). Type - 2. I know the benefit's of Genetic Testing, and off the amazing collaborative work going on around the world mostly comming out of America supported by the globalgenesproject.org all fighting against over 7000 RARE Diseases. The research they do is said to benefit non rare Diseases so it's vital they are fully supported. Just this morning I was promoting Newcastle's (Centre for Life) and it's partners including Newcastle University). to my fellow parent Advocate's in America. It would be just amazing if you all here and the department of Health could get invlved with the globalgenesproject our even just show your support. This 29th February is The (Global Genes for Jeans day). Please people show your support. and get collaborating for the good of all Mankind.



Kind Regards

Paul Davidson.


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Title: More genetic testing needed on the NHS
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 20919
Date Added: 31st Jan 2012

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