Primary Care Trusts: Finance

Health written question – answered on 20th February 2012.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) whether his Department has issued amended guidance to primary care trusts on procedures for the consideration of individual funding requests;

(2) on how many occasions Coventry Primary Care Trust has refused an individual funding request in each of the last five years.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department published “Defining Guiding Principles for Processes supporting Local Decision Making about Medicines” in January 2009, “Supporting rational local decision-making about medicines (and treatments)—A handbook of good practice guidance” was published by the National Prescribing Centre (NPC) in February 2009, and Directions to primary care trusts (PCTs) and national health service trusts concerning decisions about drugs and other treatments were issued in March 2009. All remain extant.

The NPC has subsequently produced resources and information to support those involved in local decision making. Further information is available on the NPC's website at:

Information on PCT decisions on individual funding requests is not collected centrally.

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