Endoscopy services

Response to the consultation

Evidence submitted in response to this Consultation

Purpose of the consultation

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee would welcome your views on endoscopy services in Wales.

Terms of reference:

The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is calling for evidence about the actions needed to deliver a step change in the survival rates for bowel cancer in Wales, focusing on:

  • Earlier diagnosis, specifically the introduction of the Faecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) into the bowel screening programme and the recently announced change to age range.
  • Diagnostic service capacity and waiting times, including the extent to which capacity constraints are driving the recommendation to set the FIT threshold for its introduction to the bowel screening programme at a relatively insensitive level.
  • The long term and sustainable solutions to the challenges that exist within endoscopy services in Wales, including how data on diagnostic staffing pressures is being used to inform decisions about current and future workforce planning.
  • Consideration of other early diagnosis interventions and innovation, such as the introduction of FIT testing by general practitioners in symptomatic patients to reduce referral for diagnostic tests.
  • Efforts being taken to increase uptake of the bowel screening programme.

The deadline for responses is 5 November 2018. Please send your views to:

Providing Written Evidence

The National Assembly for Wales has two official languages, Welsh and English.

In line with the Assembly’s Official Languages Scheme, the Committee requests that documents or written responses to consultations intended for publication or use in National Assembly proceedings are submitted bilingually. When documents or written responses are not submitted bilingually, we will publish in the language submitted, stating that it has been received in that language only.

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Please see guidance for those providing evidence for committees.

Disclosure of information

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Contact details

Should you wish to speak to someone regarding this consultation, please use the below contact details:

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee
Welsh Parliament
Cardiff Bay
CF99 1SN

Email: SeneddHealth@Senedd.Wales
Telephone: 0300 200 6565



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