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Tuesday, 06 February 2018

Labour MP urges action over 'fake medicine' sold to families to treat autism

Written by Elizabeth Arnold

A Labour MP has called on the Health Secretary to act very quickly to stop the "dreadful" trade in "fake medicine" sold to families with an autistic child.

Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield) raised the issue during Commons Health and Social Care questions, saying the Westminster Commission on Autism was releasing a report on the topic.

Care minister Caroline Dinenage said the Government would "look at it".

Mr Sheerman (pictured) also raised US President Donald Trump's controversial tweet about the NHS and Jeremy Hunt's Twitter response.

The MP for Huddersfield said: "Can I send a brief message of congratulation to the Secretary of State for his rapid response to President Trump on the values of the NHS.

"But can I ask him a serious question as chair of the Westminster Autism Commission.

"We are about to bring out a new report on fake medicine as sold to families with an autistic child.

"When that report comes out in the next few days, will he act very quickly to stop this dreadful trade?"

Ms Dinenage added: "Mr Speaker, on the basis he's been so very charming to the Secretary of State, we will of course look at it."

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