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Urology: Medical Treatments

Health written question – answered on 6th June 2007.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Parliamentary Private Secretary To the Leader of the Opposition

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set a timetable for implementing the recommendations following the recently ended consultation on the supply of urology products.

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

holding answer 30 April 2007

Three consultations closed on 2 April 2007:

Arrangements for the reimbursement pricing of stoma and incontinence appliances under Part IX of the Drug Tariff;

Arrangements for the remuneration of services relating to appliances within Part IX of the Drug Tariff; and

Proposed Amendments to the Regulatory Terms of Service of Pharmacy and Appliance Contractors in relation to Dispensing Items Listed in Part IX of the Drug Tariff.

Due to the volume and complexity of the responses more time is needed to analyse the information provided. Consequently, no changes will be implemented in July 2007 as previously proposed.

I do not anticipate that the review will be complete before the end of the year. I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement issued on 23 May 2007, Hansard, column 78WS, about the timing of this review.

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