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Medical Services: Standards

Volume 464: debated on Friday 19 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent evidence his Department has considered on the effect on clinical outcomes of centralisation of services for (a) stroke, (b) heart attack, (c) respiratory problems and (d) other conditions. (157008)

“Mending hearts and brains”, published in December 2006, by the National Clinical Director for Heart Disease and Stroke, makes a clinical case for changes to the way heart attack and stroke services are provided in both hospital and community settings.

This, and similar publications issued with respect to mental health, cancer and children and maternity services in particular, is not intended to be prescriptive but to explain the clinical reasons for changing the way in which services are provided in order to save lives and achieve better outcomes for patients.

The Department is currently developing a National Service Framework for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. This will be published in 2008.