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Health Services

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the potential impact on health outcomes of instructions to consultants by primary care trusts to reduce by 40 per cent. follow-up appointments. (158155)

[holding answer 15 October 2007]: We are not aware of any blanket instructions by primary care trusts (PCTs) to consultants to reduce follow-up by 40 per cent. As good practice we would expect PCTs to be working with primary and secondary care clinicians to identify areas where redesign of the patient pathway can eliminate clinically unnecessary appointments, thereby speeding up and improving the patient experience. But this must be taken forward on the basis of clinical appropriateness.