HIV Infection

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 19th April 2018.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Labour/Co-operative, Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the number of patients living with HIV who (a) were offered and (b) received an annual health assessment for cardiovascular disease, renal impairment, diabetes and bone health in each NHS England region in the last year for which figures are available; and what plans he has to ensure that all people living with HIV (i) are offered and (ii) attend an annual health assessment to manage co-morbidities.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Information on the number of patients living with HIV who were offered and received an annual health assessment for cardiovascular disease, renal impairment, diabetes and bone health in each NHS England region is not collected centrally. An ongoing assessment for cardiovascular disease, renal impairment, diabetes and bone health is part of the core clinical and therapeutic management of patients with HIV.

NHS England has published a service specification for HIV services which defines the standards of care expected from organisations funded by NHS England to provide specialised care. The service specification refers to the British HIV Association routine investigation and monitoring guidelines, which set the clinical standard for clinical assessments and tests. These guidelines include annual monitoring for co-morbidities and are subject to local and national clinical audit. A copy of the service specification can be viewed on NHS England’s website at:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/commissioning/spec-services/npc-crg/blood-and-infection-group-f/f03/

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