Health Services: Assessments

Health written question – answered on 19th February 2007.

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Photo of Linda Gilroy Linda Gilroy Labour, Plymouth, Sutton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what proportion of Fair Access to Care Assessments resulted in the person having some or all of their needs assessed as too low to receive services since the introduction of the scheme;

(2) whether Fair Access to Care Services assessments of people over 65 years with dual sensory impairments are routinely carried out by someone qualified in dual sensory impairment;

(3) what assessment of the effectiveness of Fair Access to Care has been made since it was introduced; and whether this included a specific assessment of its effectiveness in assessing the needs of deaf/blind people.

Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

The information requested about what proportion of fair access to care assessments resulted in the person having some or all of their needs assessed as too low to receive services since the introduction of the scheme is not held centrally.

Local authority circular LAC (2001) 8 issued under section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act 1970 places a duty on local authorities to ensure that an assessment is carried out by a specifically trained person or team, equipped to assess a person with dual sensory impairment. Our expectation is that local authorities are fulfilling their responsibilities in respect of this.

An assessment of the effectiveness of fair access to care since it was introduced, and a specific assessment of its effectiveness in assessing the needs of deaf/blind people, have not been made.

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