DVT Guidance

Health written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Michael Weir Michael Weir Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow Spokesperson (Trade and Industry)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will assess the need for guidance on the management of deep vein thrombosis.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

The Government response to the Health Select Committee's report on the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients was presented to Parliament by the Secretary of State for Health in July 2005. The response included a reference to a letter that the Chief Medical Officer had written to all doctors on this topic, and a commitment to set up an independent expert working group which would make its recommendations by summer 2006. The report and recommendations were submitted to the Chief Medical Officer on 17 July. The Chief Medical Officer is now considering its findings.

Advice on travel-related deep vein thrombosis is available on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/vte/dvt.

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