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Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish an update to the Department's interim report on the vCJD's Incidents Panel's consultation document, 'Management of Possible Exposure to CJD Through Medical Procedures'. [123377]

The Chief Medical Officers (CMOs) of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales have endorsed the majority of the proposed advice set out in the CJD Incidents Panel Framework document, as revised following a public consultation. However, the CMOs have advised that the proposed establishment, without informed consent, of a database of patients possibly exposed to the CJD agent, required wider debate.The CMOs have informed the panel of their view and requested that the panel amend its framework document to indicate that this part of the document has not yet been agreed. The Department of Health will publish the framework document once the panel has responded to this request. Publication is anticipated during the autumn.All documents relating to the work of the CJD Incidents are published on the CJD Incidents Panel page of the Department's website at