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Liver Diseases

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to reduce the levels of incidence of death from liver disease.

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

Professor Martin Lombard, National Clinical Director for Liver Disease, continues to lead the development of the liver disease outcomes strategy. Professor Lombard is working with stakeholders representing patients, national health service and public health to ensure that the response to the rising demand for liver disease services is adequate and supports improvement against the NHS outcomes framework and the public health outcomes framework.

A number of regional projects have been set up to test how best to improve the commissioning and provision of improved liver services, in the expectation of achieving better outcomes for patients. In addition, NHS Liver Care has been established to provide a virtual working environment for national and local health care professionals involved in the planning and delivery of liver services. A series of liver disease engagement workshops is in hand across England to support the improved delivery of liver disease services.

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