• the Cumberlege Review

    Many of my constituents here in St Helens North and across the country were affected by the use of Primodos, the controversial hormone-based pregnancy drug, which sadly has been linked to a wide range of serious foetal abnormalities.

    As a member of the APPG Hormone Pregnancy Tests, we have made the case for a full investigation, so that all those affected are properly recognised and supported.

    Last week, the Cumberlege Review finally reported that children suffered “avoidable harm” from the failure to regulate the drug, and called for Primodos families to receive a full apology. The review also called for redress for those effected and the appointment of a new Patient Safety Commissioner.

    This is a victory for all those affected, including Elaine Pennington, from St Helens, and leading Primodos campaigner Marie Lyon, with whom I have both worked closely for some years.

    I want to pay tribute to their tremendous tenacity and determined will for recognition. Although nothing will fully compensate those women and their children for a lifetime of suffering, this report does contain steps on how we can learn lessons, all while improving the lives of those families who have been affected.

    The Government must now do all it can to help these families live the rest of their lives in dignity.