Muscular Dystrophy: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 16th January 2012.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Member, Panel of Chairs 16th January 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recent audit conducted by Professor Michael Hanna at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of avoidable emergency admissions for neuromuscular conditions; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Member, European Scrutiny Committee 16th January 2012

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the recent audit by Professor Michael Hanna at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of avoidable emergency admissions for neuromuscular conditions; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health 16th January 2012

Reduction of avoidable emergency admissions will require improvements in services for neuromuscular conditions to be made at both a local and regional level.

Currently, primary care trusts have the responsibility for ensuring that local services meet the needs of people living with these conditions. The proposed move to clinical commissioning groups will ensure that health professionals will have a greater responsibility for the commissioning of appropriate local services to better meet the needs of patients with neuromuscular conditions.

During 2010-11, the 10 regional Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) and National Specialised Commissioning team collaborated to produce a detailed work plan for improving the commissioning of neuromuscular services.

A workshop to which patents, carers and support organisations were invited was held in December 2011. At this workshop the SCGs presented draft service specifications for neuromuscular services. These service specifications, which set out the standards of service that all neuromuscular patients in England should expect to receive, will be consulted on and then finalised by April 2012, when the SCGs will start to implement them.

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