Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


29 MAR 2018

Lynch Syndrome

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about testing for Lynch syndrome.

I understand your concern on this matter and hope the following information on this topic from the Department for Health and Social Care is of interest:

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is the independent body responsible for issuing authoritative, evidence-based guidance on best practice for the NHS. NICE's guidance supports the rapid and consistent adoption of clinically and cost effective diagnostic tests in the NHS.

NICE published diagnostics guidance in 2017 that recommends that everyone who is diagnosed with colorectal cancer should be tested for Lynch syndrome. NICE concluded that these tests could have substantial benefits for patients and their families. The new NICE guidance goes even further than the recommendation of the independent Cancer Taskforce, and states that NHS commissioners should ensure that all patients under the age of 50 receiving a bowel cancer diagnosis are offered a genetic test for Lynch syndrome.
The commissioning of these tests lies with local NHS organisations, and they should take NICE's guidance fully into account as they design services to meet the needs of their areas. NICE has also published additional practical information and advice to help NHS organisations to implement its recommendations.

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