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Thalidomide survivors in Scotland to get lifelong support

Thalidomide survivors living in Scotland will receive lifelong financial support, the Scottish government has announced.

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf said he hoped the commitment to provide grants would reassure those affected.

There are 50 known survivors of the banned pregnancy drug living in Scotland, most now in their 60s. They are among thousands born with limb deformities after their mothers took thalidomide while pregnant.

The drug was commonly used to treat morning sickness from 1958 to 1961.

In 2013 the Scottish government committed £14.2m to help survivors over a 10-year period, with the money going on health and living costs.

Ministers have now extended that agreement, with grants to be allocated to survivors on a needs basis, as assessed by the Thalidomide Trust.

Mr Yousaf said: "This funding is used to give thalidomide survivors as much assistance as they need to maintain their independence. It has been a vital support in helping people adapt their homes and manage their pain.

"I hope this lifelong commitment to continue this support will reassure recipients and help them deal with any challenges they face."

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Source: BBC News, 4 July 2022


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