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Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which health boards and trusts in Northern Ireland have developed managed clinical networks for children with diabetes. (103361)

Priorities for Action 2006-08, which sets out the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety’s planning framework for the development of services, called on the Health and Social Services Boards to develop and implement a managed clinical network for children with diabetes. The Southern Health and Social Services Board have taken the lead in developing a network on behalf of all four Boards and the Board is working with health care professionals from across Northern Ireland to develop clinical guidelines and look at the IT infrastructure needed to support a network. It is expected that a fully costed proposal for a managed clinical network for children with diabetes will be finalised within the next few months.