Substandard testing for Down’s syndrome, and legal ramifications

Clin Risk 2009;15:201-206
doi:10.1258/cr.2009.090062
© 2009 Royal Society of Medicine Press

 

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Edwina Rawson

Email: Edwina.Rawson{at}charlesrussell.co.uk

The majority of women in the UK choose to be screened antenatallyfor the genetic condition Down’s syndrome. However, the majorityof these women are not given the test for Down’s that has beenrecommended by the NHS. The recommended test is the most accurateand has other benefits, and should be readily available on theNHS to all women. Providing tests that are less accurate regrettablyleads to more babies miscarrying and the risk of Down’s beingmissed. This article aims to raise awareness of the problemand to consider the medicolegal issues.

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