Sleep Apnoea

Health written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Meg Munn Meg Munn Labour, Sheffield, Heeley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to ensure that GPs are aware of the warning signs of obstructive sleep apnoea and are screening for that condition using (a) the Epworth sleepiness test and (b) other recognised tests.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

NHS England is committed to working with partners across the health system to reduce mortality and improve outcomes for people with respiratory disease.

Local clinical commissioning groups are responsible for commissioning services for patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. Management of the condition is governed by clinical guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and NHS England would expect clinical commissioning groups to ensure that services are available to patients in line with these national guidelines and the needs of their local populations.

General practitioners (GPs) have to demonstrate that they are actively maintaining their skills through continual professional development and are aware of new clinical guidelines which are regularly published by NICE and disseminated to GPs.

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