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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what measures she plans to put in place (a) to enable quick diagnosis and treatment of fibromyalgia and (b) to support people with fibromyalgia to continue in or return to work; (91594)

(2) whether the NHS has designated anyone as having responsibility for the welfare and interests of people with fibromyalgia.

The NHS Improvement Plan set out the Government’s priority to improve care for people with long term conditions—such as fibromyalgia—by moving away from reactive care based in acute systems towards a systematic, patient-centred approach focussed on improving health outcomes for individuals.

“Supporting People with Long Term Conditions”, published January 2005, sets out a new national health service and social care model designed to help local NHS and social care organisations improve care for people with long term conditions and provides a structured approach to help health and social care communities embed locally more effective approaches to the care and management of their chronically ill populations. It highlights the infrastructure needed to support better care as well as the need for a delivery system designed to match support to different patient needs.