PE01823: Full body scans to all neonates in Scotland


Petitioner: Sameena Javed


Date Lodged: 24 September 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to offer full body scans to all neonates in Scotland with the aim of detecting and hopefully treating rare and hidden conditions.

Petition History:



8 October 2020: The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and other relevant stakeholders, including the General Medical Council. Link to Official Report of Meeting 8 October 2020

13 January 2021: The Committee agreed to defer consideration of the petition to its next meeting. Link to the Official Report of Meeting 13 January 2021

27 January 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that medical professional evidence states that full body scans for neonates would not be a good option given risks and other issues, and the UK National Screening Committee is responsible for advising the Scottish Government if it believes there to be sufficient evidence for introducing full body scans for neonates for AVM or other conditions not currently covered by the screening programme. The Committee also agreed to write to the Scottish Government and the petitioner. Link to Official Report of Meeting 27 January 2021

Written submissions

PE1823/A: Scottish Government submission of 4 September 2020 (70KB pdf)

PE1823/B: Petitioner submission of 25 September 2020 (98KB pdf)

PE1823/C: Genetic Alliance UK submission of 29 September 2020 (97KB pdf)

PE1823/D: Petitioner submission of 5 October 2020 (57KB pdf)

PE1823/E: The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) submission of 2 November 2020 (170KB pdf)

PE1823/F: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh submission of 5 November 2020 (168KB pdf)

PE1823/G: Scottish Government submission of 11 December 2020 (32KB pdf) 

PE1823/H: Petitioner submission of 5 December 2020 (78KB pdf)

PE1823/I: Petitioner submission of 20 December 2020 (53KB pdf)



We need babies to be scanned at birth to detect rare and hidden conditions and to potentially treat these conditions and to save lives.

Please sign this.

Muhammad khuram

18:27 on 13 Sep 2020

Please sign this and support.

Mark Reilly

10:16 on 07 Sep 2020

A family member had an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) and was successfully treated at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow and the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh.

Brian McKenna

2:47 on 06 Sep 2020

All babies are a treasure and must be treated as such.

Gillian Queen

12:40 on 01 Sep 2020

Having a genetic condition myself that I didn't know about until my 20s I think it's important to know these things a lot sooner. I probably still wouldn't know about my condition had it not been for a professor from London doing genetic tests on my whole family 30 years ago. We need more testing in younger years.

Suzanne Pirie

10:52 on 01 Sep 2020

I fully support this in memory of those we have lost.

Alexis Holmes

16:46 on 22 Aug 2020

Our babies are too important to make cost an issue Do all we can In the long run it may save money

Lydia Reid

17:37 on 19 Aug 2020

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