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Epilepsy

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment his Department has made of the implementation of the Government Action Plan for Epilepsy; and when the plan will be reviewed; (155950)

(2) what recent assessment his Department has made of access for patients with epilepsy; and how many patients are on the waiting list.

We have made no assessment of the implementation of the action plan for epilepsy, and have no current plans to review this plan. The National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions is now the key policy document for improving health and social care services for neurological conditions, including epilepsy.

Following the publication of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) report “Wasted Money, Wasted Lives”, an adjournment debate was held to highlight the findings of this report into the current state of epilepsy services. During this debate I accepted an invitation to meet with the APPG to discuss their findings.

We have made no recent assessment of access for patients with epilepsy. Information on the number of people with epilepsy on waiting lists is not available centrally.