Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Shadow Minister (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Shadow Minister (International Trade)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of NHS services for sufferers of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government recognises that Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) can have a significant impact on the early years development of children and their life chances. Early intervention services can help reduce some of the effects of FASD and prevent some of the secondary disabilities that result. Responsibility for commissioning these services lies with clinical commissioning groups.

The Government remains committed to tackling all alcohol-related harms and is developing a new alcohol strategy. Government officials are currently exploring what should be included in the strategy and aim to publish this early next year following discussions with stakeholders.

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