Dermatology: Manpower

Health written question – answered on 9th September 2009.

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Photo of Bruce George Bruce George Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) what steps he is taking to increase the number of General Practitioners with a special interest in dermatology;

(2) what steps he is taking to increase the number of specialist nurses in dermatology.

Photo of Mike O'Brien Mike O'Brien Minister of State (Health Services), Department of Health

Local health care commissioners and providers are responsible for the provision of services appropriate to the needs of their local health communities, taking into account relevant national guidance. The Government have made clear, in a series of publications beginning with the White Paper "Our health, our care, our say" in January 2006, their commitment to providing a greater proportion of services close to where people live, where it is appropriate and safe to do so. General guidance on the provision of services using general practitioners with special interests was given in "Implementing care closer to home: convenient quality care for patients" and guidance on the role of specialist nurses is described in "Long term neurological conditions: a good practice guide to the development of the multidisciplinary team and the value of the specialist nurse". Specific guidance on dermatology services was given in July 2008 in "Delivering care closer to home: meeting the challenge", and in the associated resource pack "Providing care for patients with skin conditions".

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