NHS: Circulars

Health written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Angela Browning Angela Browning Deputy Chairman, The Conservative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Health Service Circular/Local Authority Circular HSC 2001/016:LAC(2001)23, which was due for review in 2004, (a) is still in force and (b) has been amended.

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

This health service circular was cancelled in 2004, but we expect councils to continue to apply the principles of good practice that were enshrined in the guidance. Copies of the health service circular have been placed in the Library.

"Valuing People Now: From Progress to Transformation" (published in December 2007) sets out the delivery priorities for people with learning disabilities for the next three years. These are about people having control over their lives and services, including what they do during the day, how they can be supported to access jobs, housing, and better health care and of course making sure that this change happens. Copies of this publication have also been placed in the Library. The consultation is now closed and the responses are being analysed.

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