The Department of Health will pay a grant of £20 million over three years to the Thalidomide Trust, which helps young people disabled by the drug. The funding will be distributed among survivors to help meet health needs and minimise further deterioration of their condition. The Department of Health will also look at how this approach of working through an expert national body may be applied to other small groups of patients with specialised needs who are geographically dispersed.

Times 21 December 2009