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Health: Thalidomide

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government what recent developments there have been in addressing the problems and needs of those suffering the effects of thalidomide prescribed by the National Health Service; and what further action they will be taking. [HL924]

The Minister of State for Health has announced, on 23 December, details of a £20 million three-year pilot scheme to explore a more personalised way of meeting the health needs of Thalidomide survivors in England.

Under the scheme, the department will provide the Thalidomide Trust with grant funding, which it will distribute to its beneficiaries to invest in adaptations and other preventive interventions to help reduce their long-term health needs and improve their quality of life.