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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-05995: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it takes to encourage more people to take vitamin D supplements.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 23 January 2017

The Scottish Government has recently updated its advice on vitamin D supplementation for ages 6 months and over in line with the new Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition recommendations on vitamin D. The revised guidance is set out in full at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Healthy-Living/Food-Health/vitaminD

We are currently considering how best to raise awareness of the new recommendations amongst the general public, particularly those most at risk of vitamin D deficiency. In addition, healthcare professionals play an important role in raising awareness of the importance of vitamin D with their patients and we are working with NHS Boards and other partners to ensure that healthcare professionals are fully aware of the new recommendations.

Supplements containing vitamin D are already available free of charge for pregnant and breastfeeding women and young children eligible for the Healthy Start scheme. In addition, the Scottish Government will offer free vitamins, which contain the recommended daily dose of vitamin D, to all pregnant women from Spring 2017.