Ireland’s recommended colorectal cancer screening programme will not get extra government funding

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2551
  1. Muiris Houston
  1. 1Galway

    A national colorectal cancer screening programme for people in Ireland aged 55 to 74 years has been recommended by two expert reports published last week. However, the Irish health minister, Mary Harney, has failed to commit additional funding for the project, instead asking experts to come up with “innovative ways” of introducing the programme “within existing resources.”

    The primary screening test recommended by experts from the National Cancer Screening Service and the one found to be most cost effective by the Health Information and Quality Authority is the faecal immunochemical …

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