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Question reference: S5W-35748

  • Asked by: Joan McAlpine, MSP for South Scotland, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 4 March 2021
  • Current status: Answered by Jeane Freeman on 12 March 2021


To ask the Scottish Government whether it will set up and fund a specialist centre for Foetal Valproate Spectrum disorder.


The Scottish Government is committed to implementing all of the recommendations of Baroness Cumberlege’s review where they relate to the responsibilities of the Scottish Government.

To address the recommendations outlined in First Do No Harm for individuals and the families affected by sodium valproate and Primodos requires a programme of work that aims to mitigate any future potential harm through a multi-layered approach to rapidly reduce, and eventually eradicate, harm applicable and relevant to the Scottish context. Therefore, the Scottish Government will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Scottish Government, the NHS and representative groups to explore potential options for establishing sodium valproate specialist centres and/or services in Scotland.