Call for debate on effects of medication

A Fylde coast MP has raised the issue of the effects of medicinal drug sodium valproate on unborn babies.

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016, 6:00 am
Fleetwood MP Cat Smith

Fleetwood MP Cat Smith, shadow minister for women and equalities, asked in Parliament: “Will the Leader of the House provide time for a debate on the effects of sodium valproate?

“This drug is given to treat epilepsy and other neurological conditions, but it has a powerful impact on unborn babies. My constituent Janet Williams has campaigned about this for a great many years, following the birth of her two sons, who had foetal abnormalities because of that drug, which is still being prescribed today.”

MP Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Commons,told her: “I will make sure the Health Secretary is aware of the concerns the hon Lady raises.”