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Abolition of strategic health authorities threatens screening of newborns, expert says

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3786
  1. Jo Carlowe
  1. 1London

The Health and Social Care Bill could put infants at risk by weakening the regulation of paediatric screening.

This warning comes from Dr David Elliman, consultant in community child health, strategic co-director of the newborn blood spot screening programme and clinical lead of the newborn and infant physical examination programme. Dr Elliman expressed his concerns at a meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine’s paediatrics and child health section in London.

Because the bill seeks to abolish Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs), which currently oversee screening programmes, Dr Elliman fears that infants will be put at risk because there will be no provision for …

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