We have spoken to Professor Jim Bonham from Sheffield Children's Hospital about the new scheme to screen babies for more illnesses.
A new screening programme led by doctors from Sheffield has already saved the life of a newborn baby. Doctors are testing thousands of children for five rare conditions which can prove fatal. In one case they say if the condition hadn't been picked up the young girl would not have survived.
James Webster reports.
A baby from Birmingham who could have died from a rare metabolic disease has been saved by a pioneering UK screening project.
Five-month-old Habul Khatoom was found to have Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD) after a blood test at Birmingham Children's Hospital six days after she was born.
Habul's mum, Fahmeeda, wants to encourage other families to have the testing.