Health: Sickle-Cell Disease — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 14th March 2011.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 3:00 pm, 14th March 2011

There are several initiatives in train that should raise public awareness. We have asked NICE to produce a short clinical guideline. The National Haemoglobinopathy Registry is being launched. It was a key recommendation of the NCEPOD report a couple of years ago. We are funding many more training posts for registrars, nurse consultants and clinical scientists, and we are developing a special competence framework for nurses. As for raising awareness generally among the public, patient groups have an important part to play there in conjunction with specialist clinicians.