Doctors have accused a medical body of suggesting that unborn babies with Down’s syndrome should be aborted because it will cost too much to care for them. More than 100 doctors, nurses and other medics have signed a letter attacking the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for saying the NHS should calculate the ‘cost effectiveness’ of supporting those with the condition. Bridget Jones actress Sally Phillips,

whose son Oliver has Down’s, also branded the suggestion as ‘dark’. The row erupted following a consultation over a new, more accurate prenatal blood test for Down’s that the NHS is expected to approve. The College called for a ‘rigorous economic analysis’, including the lifetime costs of caring for those with the condition. READ MORE