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Letters Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: following Australia’s example

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: (Published 07 February 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o279
  1. Penny A Cook, professor of public health1,
  2. Raja A S Mukherjee, consultant psychiatrist2
  1. 1School of Health Sciences, Allerton Building, University of Salford, Salford M6 6PU, UK
  2. 2Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Redhill, UK
  1. p.a.cook{at}

Aiton describes the UK government’s needs assessment for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) as “a wake-up call to a wide range of health professionals.”1 More than this, substantial investment will be needed to improve the current situation where, in the words of the UK government, “provision of services for diagnosis and support of FASD is limited.”2 The UK could do with following Australia’s example in terms of commitment to FASD prevention, …

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