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Wales Screening Committee

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Screening programmes are important public health initiatives as they allow for the early detection and treatment of potential health problems.
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Advising the Welsh Government on matters relating to national population screening

The Welsh Screening Committee (WSC) considers advice and guidance from sources such as the UK National Screening Committee in a Welsh context. It reports via the Chief Medical Officer to the Minister of Health and Social Services.

The committee is chaired by Heather Payne and meets up to 4 times per year.

What is population screening?

Population screening is the process of identifying healthy people from a cross-section of the population who may be at increased risk of disease or condition (identified as a result of expert research and evidence). NHS Wales then offers information, further tests and treatment. This is to reduce associated risks or complications.


Health Protection Branch
Public Health Division
Directorate of Health Policy 
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Minutes - 30 June 2017 (File size: 179KB)
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Minutes - 24 February 2017 (File size: 154KB)
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Terms of reference (File size: 98KB)