HC Deb 05 July 1993 vol 228 c1W
Mr. Peter Griffiths

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in educating the public and health professionals about the importance of folic acid in the diets of women of child-bearing age to reduce the risk of their children being born with spina bifida.

Mr. Sackville

Guidance has been issued to all doctors, senior nursing staff, midwives and health visitors and pharmacists as well as key professional organisations. Copies of the guidance will be placed in the Library.

Thames Thames Thames Thames
Neurosciences 18.2 36.3 20.9 19.0 28.8
Cardiac 11.1 16.1 27.1 14.4 35.4
Renal 17.2 31.5 28.8 16.1 8.4
Cancer 21.4 24.0 20.7 7.9 12.9
Plastics and Burns 8.9 7.4 7.8 2. 0.9
Children 78.1 87.3 91.5 69.3 44.5

The future number of consultants will depend upon the pattern of provision of these services in the Thames regions which will be determined by a number of factors, including the strategic intentions of purchasers, the findings of the specialty reviews and those of the research reviews of the special health authorities.

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