Carbon Monoxide: Poisoning

Health written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Labour, Halton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support is made available by the NHS to people experiencing long-term chronic health problems as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is recognised that between 10% and 15% of people who have severe carbon monoxide poisoning develop long-term complications such as damage to the brain or heart.

The national health service has prioritised improving outcomes for people and there is a focus on people with long-term conditions. To support this a National Clinical Director for neurological conditions has been appointed and is already working with the newly established strategic clinical networks to support improving the quality of care commissioned by NHS England and clinical commissioning groups. The commissioners will be working closely with local authorities, especially social care.

This will help to ensure that services are:

Quicker and easier to use;

More closely matched to people's needs;

Better co-ordinated so that people do not have to see a lot of different professionals and repeat the same information about themselves;

Provided for as long as people need them, so that treatment continues without the need for a referral every time the person has a new problem;

Better at helping people with neurological conditions and their carers to make decisions about care and treatment;

Provided by people with knowledge and experience of specific conditions;

Giving people with long-term neurological conditions better results from their treatment;

Planned around the views of people with long-term neurological conditions and their carers;

Able to give people more choice about how and where they get treatment and care; and

Better at helping people to live more independently.

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