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Special Exception Committees

Volume 455: debated on Tuesday 16 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role special exception committees within primary care trusts have in approving NHS treatments. (104016)

Primary care trusts (PCTs) must determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the healthcare needs of their local populations. Each PCT must establish a professional executive committee to exercise particular functions, including to provide advice and assistance to medical practitioners. PCTs are also able to appoint other committees of the trust, but there is no requirement for a special exception committee or other committee to approve national health service treatments.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many primary care trusts have special exception committees; what (a) clinical and (b) financial guidance is given to special exception committees; and by what organisation. (104017)

The Department does not collect data on how many primary care trusts have such committees and has issued no national guidance on their operation.