To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the provision of wafarin monitoring services by private providers; and what assessment he has made of the provision of such services by a private provider in the Birmingham area.
Primary care trusts are responsible for commissioning services to meet the health needs of their local population, including anticoagulant medicine. The National Patient Safety Agency issued Patient Safety Alert 18 concerning Safer Practice with Anticoagulants in March 2007. The alert included a range of safer practice recommendations to make the use of anticoagulants safer. These included guidance for commissioners of anticoagulants services.