Endoscopy services play an essential part in investigating suspected cancer and positive bowel screening results, as well as providing follow-up for people with prior diagnoses and delivering interventional treatment. Endoscopy provides an equally important role for serious non-cancerous conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease.
The Welsh Government recognises the pressures facing endoscopy services in Wales. The number of endoscopy procedures required is increasing and this has led to demand being significantly out of balance with the available core capacity.
In light of the challenges, the National Endoscopy Programme was established in 2019 with the aim to develop sustainable endoscopy services and it is underpinned by four work streams: