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Sleep Apnoea

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice she has issued to NHS trusts on the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea, with particular reference to the provision of Continuous Positive Airway Pressure equipment; (96944)

(2) which NHS trusts do not provide the equipment needed to treat patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea; and if she will make a statement;

(3) what assistance is available to NHS patients diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnoea whose local NHS trust does not provide Continuous Positive Airway Pressure equipment for treatment.

The national health service funds the clinical knowledge summaries (CKS) service, an up-to-date source of clinical knowledge that can help healthcare professionals—and patients—in managing the common conditions generally seen in primary and first-contact care.

Guidance includes suggested alternative diagnoses, where appropriate, and the guideline on insomnia therefore recommends that sleep apnoea is considered as a possible cause of poor or disturbed sleep.

On 24 November 2005 my right hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Wavertree (Jane Kennedy) announced to the House that she had asked the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to consult on the remit and scope of a technology appraisal for continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) for sleep apnoea.

It is for health professionals to commission services from suitable providers of health care for their local population, taking account of current and forecast needs of their populations and in consultation with stakeholders.

People with obstructive sleep apnoea can benefit from a range of services and clinical advice on, for example, weight loss and the use of tobacco and alcohol, as well as CPAP where necessary.