To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken in response to the recommendation of the Public Accounts Committee in its recent report on Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis, HC 46, on take up of the Commissioning Pathway by primary care trusts; and how it intends to evaluate the effect of the Pathway on patients.
The Department is still considering the findings and recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee in its report "Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis". The Department will respond formally to the recommendations made by the Committee in the form of a Treasury Minute in due course.
The good practice commissioning pathway for inflammatory arthritis provides a high level service model that supports primary care trusts (PCTs) as commissioners of health care services. PCTs need to ensure that their populations have access to inflammatory arthritis services that reflect their needs, priorities and aspirations and that the design and provision of these services is evidence based.