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Oesophageal Doppler Monitoring

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the total number of patients treated by the NHS in the last year for which figures are available who would benefit from oesophageal Doppler monitoring; what assessment she has made of the proportion of these patients who do not benefit from this technology; what plans she has to increase the uptake of this technology in NHS trusts; and if she will make a statement. (74047)

The Department has not made any assessment of the total number of patients treated by the national health service in the last year who would benefit from oesophageal Doppler monitoring.

Following the Government’s decision to shift the balance of power, most central funding has been devolved to local primary care trusts (PCTs) and strategic health authorities. This means that PCTs are now responsible for selecting and funding services that they feel are required in their region. Each PCT takes into account the needs and demands in their own area, and have a local plan on how best to spend their money on the services they need.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with Medway NHS Trust regarding the effects of oesophageal Doppler monitoring; what estimate she has made of the savings made by Medway NHS trust through the use of this technology; and whether she has made any assessment of the total savings to the NHS of encouraging the use of oesophageal Doppler monitoring. (74048)

The Department has not had any discussions with Medway national health service trust regarding oesophageal Doppler monitoring and has not made an assessment of the costs of this treatment.