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Neuromuscular Services

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent progress has been made by the NHS South East Coast Specialised Commissioning Group in reviewing neuromuscular services in the region; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

This is a matter for the national health service locally. We have been advised by the South East Coast strategic health authority that the South East Coast Specialised Commissioning Group (SECSCG), which commissions neuromuscular services on behalf of the region, has now completed its review. The review's findings have been published in a report entitled “Better Co-ordination; Better Care—A review of services for people with Neuromuscular Conditions in the South East Coast” which is available on the SECSCG's website at:

www.secscg.nhs.uk/home/news

Following the review, initiatives are underway throughout the South East Coast region to implement its recommendations. These include programmes to improve access to, and join up, services for people with neuromuscular disease. Work is also underway to provide a care pathway coordinator post to provide advice and information for patients and carers, by September 2011.

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