Domiciliary Oxygen

Health written question – answered on 16th January 2007.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what percentage of emergency orders for domiciliary oxygen were delivered within the target time in the last period for which figures are available;

(2) how many emergency orders for oxygen were made by each primary care trust, in each month since the implementation of the new contract.

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

Suppliers provide monthly data relating to a range of performance indicators, including the required delivery time for emergency orders. Emergency orders are a priority, as supply is required within four hours where a patient does not have a supply of oxygen at home. Latest information indicates that all suppliers are meeting this requirement for around 98 per cent. of orders, with reasons given where delivery is outside the target time.

Information on the number of emergency orders made by health professionals in each primary care trust area is not held centrally.

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