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Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to include diagnostic ultrasound as a listed service for the purposes of regulation and inspection by the Healthcare Commission; and what discussions she has had with the Healthcare Commission to explore how obstetric diagnosis ultrasound services could be regulated and inspected under existing legislation. (122771)

Independent hospitals, clinics and medical agencies providing any of the listed services set out in section 2(7) of the Care Standards Act 2000 are subject to regulation by the Healthcare Commission, unless exempted by any regulation made under that Act.

Diagnostic ultrasound techniques are not separately included as a listed service in section 2(7) of the 2000 Act. However the provision of obstetric services and, in connection with childbirth, medical services are among the listed services. Such services may include the use of some diagnostic ultrasound techniques.

The Department has no plans to include separately diagnostic ultrasound techniques as a listed service in the future.