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Children’s medical needs: who should be responsible?

Unions say parents should be liable for care in schools, but experts disagree

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Many thousands of children in Scotland require medication just to get through the school day. Without it, the consequences can be severe and even potentially dangerous.

Being unable to take medication in school – or a failure to administer it properly – may make it impossible to attend and, even if they do, the chances are they will not get the most out of lessons and perhaps suffer indignities such as soiling their clothes.

Now a light is being shone on this underappreciated problem, with headteachers arguing that parents should have “key responsibility” for giving medication to their ...

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