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Chiropody: Greater London

Volume 458: debated on Monday 12 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines her Department has issued on eligibility and access criteria for podiatry services; and what steps she has taken to assess compliance with such guidelines in (a) Bexley primary care trust and (b) London primary care trusts. (123699)

There are no central guidelines in respect of eligibility or access criteria for podiatry services and we have no plans to carry out an assessment. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) in partnership with local stakeholders to commission services in order to meet local needs. Strategic health authorities are responsible for ensuring that PCTs fulfil this duty.