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Leg Ulcers

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans she has to introduce a preventative programme to reduce the prevalence of leg ulcers; and if she will make a statement; (86505)

(2) what the cost to the NHS was of the treatment of leg ulcers in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement;

(3) how many people were treated for leg ulcers in England in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement;

(4) what the location is of each specialist leg ulcer clinic in England; and if she will make a statement.

The most common cause of leg ulcers is poor circulation triggered by high blood pressure, diabetes, and coronary heart disease. Obesity and smoking are also known to increase the risk of leg ulcers.

The Department’s preventive programme is aimed at the effective management of these underlying medical conditions through the quality and outcomes framework component of the new general medical services contract for general practices introduced in April 2004, as well as public health campaigns to raise awareness of the health risks associated with smoking and clinical obesity.

Local health bodies have the responsibility to provide services for the treatment of leg ulcers. The Department does not collect information on the location of specialist leg ulcer clinics.

Information on the number of people treated for leg ulcers, and the cost of providing this treatment, is not collected.