Families whose children suffered birth defects as a result of epilepsy drug sodium valproate should receive the same redress as contaminated blood victims, the author of a landmark report has said.
Over 2,000 babies born in Scotland have suffered birth defects and disabilities as a result of their mothers taking the drug while pregnant in a medical scandal even bigger than Thalidomide. Last week the UK Government said that thousands of victims of the infected blood scandal will receive an interim payment of £100,000.
Now Baroness Julie Cumberlege, author of a key report into failures in women’s healthcare, has called for sodium valproate and mesh victims to be given the same sum. She said: “While I wholeheartedly welcome the decision taken to compensate those impacted, nevertheless this is also a time to think about others who have suffered avoidable harm through no fault of their own.