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

My Lords, I am aware of the tragic case to which my noble friend refers, which is of course the subject of an investigation at the moment. The facts, as I am aware of them, suggest that the failings that occurred in that case were more to do with poor practice than a lack of training, although we will see what emerges from the inquiry. However, I can tell her that there is national guidance on the symptoms and emergency treatment of people with sickle-cell disease, published by the Joint Royal Colleges Ambulance Liaison Committee. All ambulance crew staff receive training in the assessment and management of patients with sickle-cell conditions in line with those guidelines and further national guidance was issued to staff in 2009. It is regularly updated and it is taken very seriously.