Delivering his first party conference speech as Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP announced that the NHS Genomic Medicine Service will expand the 100,000 Genomes Project to include the genetic data of one million people, with up to five million in the long term.

The expansion will be accompanied by a wider push to improve technological standards in the NHS, including making genomic testing routinely available. Initially, adults with rare diseases will be offered whole genome sequencing. From 2019, this will be extended to all seriously ill children. The Health Secretary also announced a package of £240 million of extra winter funding for social care and hinted that Government’s long-awaited Green Paper on the issue will be published later this year.

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