Arthritis: Health Services

Health written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made by his Department in reviewing evidence on the need for better access to flare-up and pain management services for people with rheumatoid arthritis; and when it will produce an action plan.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

The Department is 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.

Personalised care planning and supporting people to self care enables people to have the information they need to make informed choices and decisions in order to manage any exacerbation of their condition. There is information on NHS Choices to support self-management of long-term pain including free patient information leaflets.

Our own information, taken from national surveys such as the GP survey, indicates over 60 per cent. of people with a long-term condition (LTC) in England have reported that they have agreed a plan about how to best manage their LTC.

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