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Musculoskeletal Disorders

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many primary care trusts have led a health economy-wide approach to implementation of the DH Musculoskeletal Services Framework; and how many are on course to complete implementation by autumn/winter 2007; (146711)

(2) how many primary care trusts have led an assessment of health needs of those with musculoskeletal conditions; and how many are on course to complete an assessment by spring 2007;

(3) how many primary care trusts have mapped current musculoskeletal services and assessed future demand; and how many are on course to complete mapping by spring 2007.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health why musculoskeletal services are excluded from the Quality and Outcomes Framework; and whether consideration will be given to including them in the next review. (146714)

[holding answer 29 June 2007]: Musculoskeletal services are currently not included within the Quality and Outcome Framework. No proposals for musculoskeletal services were taken forward for the 2006 contract changes. As part of the ongoing development of the Framework, indicators will be reviewed in the light of emerging evidence, in the context of a value for money agreement.