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Skin: Diseases

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department has taken to (a) raise public awareness and (b) provide information to health providers and general practitioners regarding the skin disease hidradenitis suppurativa; (196314)

(2) what steps his Department plans to take with regard to hidradenitis suppurativa;

(3) what estimate he has made of the number of individuals who have hidradenitis suppurativa;

(4) what his estimate is of the cost to the public purse of NHS treatment and other support for individuals with hidradenitis suppurativa in the most recent period for which figures are available.

The Department has made no estimate of the number of people living with hidradenitis suppurativa, or the cost of treatment and support provided.

The Department has not taken steps to raise public awareness of this condition. Information for health professionals has been made available on the Clinical Knowledge Summaries website at:

www.cks.library.nhs.uk.

It is the responsibility of health professionals, using their clinical judgment, to provide the most appropriate treatment for those diagnosed with hidradenitis suppurativa. This may include, for the most severely affected, referral to a specialist in dermatology.