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Allergies: Health Services

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were referred on for diagnosis of a suspected allergy to (a) allergy specialists, (b) paediatricians, (c) pathologists and (d) dermatologists by GPs in 2007. (189765)

Information on the number of people referred on by general practitioners for diagnosis of a suspected allergy is not collected.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department has undertaken with Skills for Health to develop national occupational standards for staff involved in allergy services. (189766)

The Department has commissioned Skills for Health to work with stakeholders to develop national occupational standards (NOS) for staff working with allergy. The NOS will be:

informed by best practice in delivery of health care with allergy;

based on patient-led standards ensuring high standards; and

a relevant resource for the four countries of the United Kingdom and encompass the expressed need of the voluntary, independent and public sector health care services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has designated a lead strategic health authority for allergy services. (189768)

The Department is currently exploring the feasibility of designating a lead strategic health authority (SHA) for allergy services with interested parties, including SHAs and specialised commissioning groups.