Thalidomide

Health written question – answered on 13th December 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what progress the Government have made on their determination on whether to extend the health grant to thalidomide survivors into a long-term grant;

(2) what recent discussions (a) he and (b) officials of his Department have had with representatives of the Thalidomide Trust on the potential extension of the health grant made to thalidomide survivors.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

I met with Alec Shelbrooke, chair of the all party parliamentary group, along with members of the Thalidomide Trust and the National Advisory Council, on 6 November. I have subsequently written to the trust updating them on our progress.

An announcement on future funding for thalidomide survivors will be made shortly.

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