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Volume 457: debated on Thursday 8 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role dispensing appliance contractors play in supporting people with long-term conditions to self-care. (122529)

The expertise and support provided by all health professionals is important in enabling and empowering patients to adopt self-care strategies. We recognise that many people with long-term conditions value the additional services that dispensing appliance contractors provide over and above dispensing. These include home delivery services, organising home visits by specialist nurses and customising their products to match individual needs.