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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what timetable he has set for the development of nationally convergent commissioning policies for specialised neurosurgery; who will be responsible for the development process; and what engagement is planned with clinicians and patients.
The work on nationally convergent commissioning policies for specialised neurosurgery has been under way since April 2011 and is planned to be completed by October 2012. It includes streams of work led by a national transition team for specialised services working with the current Specialised Commissioning Groups. The responsibility lies with the Specialised Services Transition Oversight Group chaired by the Commissioning Director of NHS Midlands and East with a directly accountable Clinical Assurance Group and Patient and Public Engagement Group. Extensive, nationally co-ordinated engagement is planned with clinicians and users, looking at specific groups of services during 2012.