Health Services: Males

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Hepburn Stephen Hepburn Labour, Jarrow

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to increase the accessibility of health advice and treatment for men.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government wants to improve access to advice and treatment for the whole population as demonstrated by the development of outcome frameworks covering the national health service, public health and social care. The Government's commissioning reforms will drive decision-making closer to patients and ensure that services are developed by those who best understand people's needs.

The Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme was launched in April 2009 to improve communication and dialogue between the Department and voluntary sector health and social care organisations across England. The Men's Health Forum was one of the initial 11 strategic partners and remains a valuable partner as the programme moves into its fourth year. For example, the forum publishes a range of mini manual health booklets for men and runs a website for me:

www.malehealth.co.uk

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