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Children's Health Services

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of whether a primary care trust is complying with its responsibilities under the “Every Child Matters” initiative where it is refusing to accept referrals for paediatric speech and language therapy. (67662)

No assessment has been carried out centrally. Access to speech and language therapy is a matter for primary care trusts, which have responsibility for commissioning services to implement the national standards as identified in the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services and the “Every Child Matters: Change for Children” programme.