Dan went to a meeting of the local FASD Trust. Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders is a term for several diagnoses that are all related to prenatal exposure to alcohol (i.e. while a baby is still in the womb).
FASD covers a wide range of birth defects which are caused entirely by women drinking alcohol at any time during pregnancy.
The condition often goes undiagnosed, or is misdiagnosed, for example as autism or ADHD, and this can lead to secondary disabilities.
Dan was delighted to meet Mrs Julia Brown CEO of the Trust and listen to Dr Regina Chandraraj, Lead Community Paediatrician from Ipswich Hospital who hosted the meeting and gave an update on our local service provision.
There were a number of maternity and early year's health professionals at the meeting and they will be doing all they can to raise awareness of the dangers of alcohol consumption, particularly binge drinking while pregnant. Dan will be doing all he can to support them in this and all the other work they do on behalf of pregnant women, mums and babies in Suffolk.
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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Addictions: Health Services (19 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 8 July 2019 to Question 270772 on Addiction Services, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the number of medically-staffed inpatient detoxification beds in England; and if he will make a statement.
Drug Treatment Services (16 Jul 2019)
Daniel Poulter: I congratulate the hon. Member for Manchester, Withington (Jeff Smith) on securing the debate. I agree with everything he said. I draw the attention of Members to my declaration of interest as a practising NHS psychiatrist and as someone who has worked in drug addiction, or drug treatment, services. I do not intend to rehearse the discussion on the lack of, or reduction in, funding for the...