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Head Injuries

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how payment by results will affect the commissioning and delivery of services for those with a serious head injury; (76142)

(2) what steps have been taken to implement the recommendations in the Health Committee’s Report of Session 2000-01, on Head Injuries: Rehabilitation, in relation to (a) improving data collection on the incidence, prevalence and severity of head injuries, (b) facilitating the planning of services for those with a head injury, (c) making explicit the level at which planning for serious head injury rehabilitation should be located and (d) commissioning and delivery of specialist services.

In our response to the Committee (CM 5226, July 2001) the Government undertook to take their recommendations into account in drawing-up the national service framework for long-term neurological conditions (NSF), and subsequently did so. The NSF was published last year and we are now working with stakeholders to implement it.

It is the responsibility of local professionals to commission services to meet the current and forecast needs of the people they serve.

Under payment by results, money follows patients and so providers are rewarded for the number and complexity of cases they treat, and incentivised to provide high quality care.