A Department of Health spokesperson said:
"The Department of Health has supported a number of initiatives taken by professional bodies and
voluntary groups to raise awareness of ADHD and ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
"The National Institute of Clinical Excellence in England (NICE) has advised that drug therapy should
only be part of a comprehensive treatment programme that includes a range of social, psychological and
"Careful, informed clinical decision-making, involving the parents and child
should involve discussion of the benefits versus the risks of all interventions.
"NICE has also recommended that drug treatment for ADHD should only be initiated by an appropriately
qualified healthcare professional with expertise in ADHD.
"We have also asked NICE to develop a clinical guideline on both the pharmacological and psychological
interventions to treat ADHD.
"The guideline will cover the care provided by primary, community and
secondary healthcare professionals who have direct contact with, and make decisions concerning, the care of children, young people and adults with ADHD."