DSMIG U.K. & Ireland Statement re email circulated to member on 6th July

The DSMIG U.K. & Ireland is a charitable organisation that is committed to help promote the equitable provision of medical care for all people with Down syndrome.

On the 6th July 2020 a speculative email from a solicitor was forwarded to all members in error. The original email contained legal terminology which has offended some of our members and the wider public, and for this, we apologise. The legal terminology in the email does not reflect the views of the DSMIG U.K & Ireland.

The DSMIG U.K & Ireland receives regular requests from medicolegal firms for expert advice from our members on a range of medico-legal matters. These requests are often then circulated to member doctors  – not for any other purposes than to provide a high quality, non-judgemental medical professional opinion.  As a result, many people who have Down syndrome and families who have children who have Down syndrome, have benefitted from the expertise provided by our members.

We are investigating and will be putting measures in place to ensure that all correspondence circulated to members is appropriate in the future.


This site provides essential information for healthcare professionals on ‘best practice’ medical care for people with Down syndrome in the UK and Ireland. It has been produced by the UK Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group (DSMIG), a network of doctors whose aim is to ensure equitable provision of medical care for all people with Down syndrome in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

This site has been developed to provide a resource of evidence based information towards this aim and includes

  • DSMIG Information resources- these are resources developed by DSMIG and include Guidelines for basic essential medical surveillance, key points and awareness notes, Personal child health record insert, Growth charts etc
  • Other Information resources- this is a wider range of resources including articles , other websites that we have found useful
  • Information about DSMIG activities

The website has been developed primarily to equip healthcare professionals with the resources they need to help them provide good, evidence based care for people with Down syndrome.

Although designed for health professionals we hope it will be of interest and use to a wider range of people who are interested in promoting health and well being of those with Down syndrome including parents and carers. We do however wish to stress that it is intended to complement, and never replace, direct medical consultation. For information more specifically designed for parents and carers please see other organisations.

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