A scheme hoping to train 10,000 midwives to promote anti-drink messages to expectant mums has come under fire from the BMA.

The Department of Health scheme, which will be run by the National Organisation for Foetal Alcohol Stndrome UK (Nofas-UK), hopes to help more than a million expectant mothers over three years.

However the training has aroused controversy as it will be funded by the drinks retailer Diageo, who are responsible for several leading drinks brands.

The BMA said doctors were concerned by government moves to involve big business, charities and the retail sector in the drive to help people lead healthier lives and that it is a potential "conflict of interest".

Six other independent health groups, including Alcohol Concern and the Royal College of Physicicans share the BMA's concern.

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