New Down’s Syndrome test “great news”, but shame it’s taken nine years

Welsh Conservatives have welcomed plans to introduce a safer and more accurate test for Down’s syndrome on the Welsh NHS.

Responding to news of a non-invasive test prenatal testing (NIPT) roll-out within the antenatal screening programme in Wales, Angela Burns AM, Welsh Conservative Shadow Health Secretary, said:

“This is great news for pregnant women across Wales, who can now access the safest screening tests available.

“It’s a shame, however, that it’s taken the Welsh Government nearly nine years to comply with NICE’s recommendations.

“For far too long Welsh patients have faced a cruel dilemma: either to go private or face an out-dated and invasive test on the NHS.

“Now at least there’s one less things for parents to worry about.”