||<p>The NHS Born in Bradford study found that although most babies born to a couple
who are related do not have a genetic problem, consanguineous marriage can increase
the risk of birth defect from 3% to 6%. Further information is available on the Born
in Bradford website at:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.borninbradford.nhs.uk/parentstudies/130/StudyDetails/studies-into-the-impact-of-congenital-anomalies-on-health/"
</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>It is important that antenatal, paediatric and genetic services
work with communities to improve awareness of the risk of consanguineous marriage.
Local commissioners are best placed to determine whether action is needed in their
area. To support clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), NHS England published in February
2014, <em>Our Ambition to Reduce Premature Mortality: A resource to support commissioners
in setting a level of ambition</em>. In line with the document, CCGs may wish to consider
investment in community-based health champions and communication campaigns aimed at
raising awareness of the implications of genetic inheritance alongside community based
access to genetic counselling and family planning services and enhanced diagnostic
services.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>A copy of the resource document is available
on the NHS England website at:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/mort-res-22-5.pdf"