General Practitioners: Epilepsy

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Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) funding and (b) training his Department plans to provide to GPs on supporting women diagnosed with epilepsy and carrying out the Pregnancy Prevention Program.


Answered by
Nadine Dorries Portrait
Nadine Dorries
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
This question was answered on 12th October 2020

It is a Care Quality Commission regulatory requirement for general practitioners to follow the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) guidance on valproate prescribing. The MHRA advises that ‘Valproate medicines must no longer be used in women or girls of childbearing potential unless a Pregnancy Prevention Programme is in place’.

In 2019/20 NHS England implemented a quality improvement module worth approximately £44 million nationally to encourage practices to improve their prescribing safety. This aimed to improve engagement with women of childbearing age being prescribed sodium valproate and pregnancy prevention for these patients.

The standard of medical training is the responsibility of the General Medical Council (GMC), which is an independent statutory body.?The GMC has the general function of promoting high standards of education and co-ordinating all stages of education to ensure that medical students and newly qualified doctors are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for professional practice.

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