Points of Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:31 pm on 13th May 2014.

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Photo of Tessa Munt Tessa Munt Liberal Democrat, Wells 1:31 pm, 13th May 2014

On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I would be grateful for your guidance on the following matter.

On 4 April, Monitor, the sector regulator for health services in England, issued new guidance for the commissioning of radiosurgery services. That new guidance clearly updates and modifies the guidance issued in 2013.

The new guidance means that NHS England’s ban on NHS patients being treated by the gamma knife machine at University College hospital, London is not sustainable. In the past couple of weeks, I have asked three questions of the Secretary of State, and I made it clear that they related to the new guidelines that were issued on 4 April. I stated:

“To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to section 3 of the guidance issued by Monitor on the commissioning of radiosurgery services on 4 April 2014”.—[Hansard, 7 May 2014; Vol. 580, c. 245W.]

I then led into my questions. The Under-Secretary of State for Health, Jane Ellison, answered all three questions in the context of the outdated Monitor guidelines. I understand that that might be an error on her part, but it means that my legitimate questions remain unanswered, and I do not know how else to get an accurate response to oral and written questions. I seek your guidance, Mr Speaker, on how to redress that.