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Musculoskeletal Disorders

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Work and Pensions on the implementation of the Musculoskeletal Services Framework as a method of reducing (a) long-term sickness and (b) the number of people claiming incapacity benefit. (154697)

We are not aware of any discussions between departmental officials and the Department for Work and Pensions on the implementation of the musculoskeletal services framework as a method of reducing long-term sickness and the number of people claiming incapacity benefit.

The framework was published as good practice guidance and it is for local organisations to decide how best to implement it.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information the National Clinical and Health Outcomes Database captures on musculoskeletal system problems; and how much expenditure this covers within that category of expenditure within the National Programme Budgeting Database. (154698)

The clinical and health outcomes knowledge base contains comparative data from over 700 health and local government organisations. Databases capturing information on musculoskeletal problems include:

The United Kingdom pain database;

The national spinal injuries centre medical research database,

The national joint registry;

Norfolk arthritis register;

National total hip replacement outcomes study; and

Trent and North West arthroplasty registers.

Information on the expenditure covered by these databases is not available.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans there are to extend the clinical and health outcomes data collected in relation to musculoskeletal system problems (excluding trauma). (154783)

We are not aware of any specific plans to extend the clinical and health outcomes data collected in relation to musculoskeletal problems.