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Multiple Sclerosis

Health written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to improve treatment rates for multiple sclerosis.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

We want to make the national health services among the best in Europe at supporting people with ongoing health problems such as multiple sclerosis (MS).

Responsibility for determining the overall national approach to improving clinical outcomes from health care services lies with NHS England. The Department’s NHS Outcomes Framework and Mandate outline the improvements in health and health care that we envisage the NHS achieving. This includes enhancing the quality of life for people with long-term conditions through the provision of high quality, efficient and fair services.

There are a wide range of treatment options available for people with MS.

Clinical guidelines published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provide recommendations on the appropriate treatment for, and care of, people with multiple sclerosis. Since NICE’s publication of the clinical guideline on MS entitled Management of multiple sclerosis in primary and secondary care in 2003, commissioners have considered these guidelines when commissioning services for their local populations.

We have also asked NICE to include MS in the library of NICE quality standard topics.

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