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Developing Patient Partnerships Programme: Finance

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 24 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason his Department decided to cease funding for the Developing Patient Partnerships programme; and what arrangements have been made for the continuity of the provision of its services to patients. (199338)

The Department has supported Developing Patient Partnerships through two section 64 specific grants since April 2003. The latest grant covering 2006-08 was agreed with Developing Patient Partnerships on the basis they would no longer require central funding as they would be self-sufficient from April 2008 through increasing their subscriber base. Developing Patient Partnerships are currently in discussions with several organisations to make their material available to patients in the future.