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Better training is needed on fetal alcohol disorders, says BMA

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i735 (Published 05 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i735
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

Training programmes on the prevention, diagnosis, and management of fetal alcohol syndromes should be implemented for UK healthcare professionals and included in undergraduate curriculums to resolve a “scandalous lack of support” for the children affected, a report by the BMA has said.1

Developed by the BMA’s Board of Science, the report set out recommendations for the government, policy makers, and professionals to help prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and improve the lives of children born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

The board’s chair, Sheila Hollins, said, “It has long been known that maternal alcohol …

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