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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-22799: Brian Whittle (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 30 April 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what engagement it has had with the National Screening Committee ahead of the publication of the full findings of the recent international study (the NELSON trial) into the impact of the use of CT screening to assist with the early identification of lung cancer.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 14 May 2019

The Scottish Government, along with the rest of the UK, is advised on all aspects of screening by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) an independent expert advisory group. The Scottish Government is represented on the UK NSC and is fully engaged in discussions around the results of the NELSON randomised lung cancer screening trial.

UK NSC recommendations are based on robust, peer-reviewed, published evidence, and while the preliminary results from the NELSON study are promising and encouraging, the UK NSC await the full published report from the NELSON study before making any recommendations regarding screening for lung cancer.