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Chronically Sick: Heywood

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the targets in the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions in Heywood and Middleton constituency. (202916)

It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs), including Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT, within the national health service to develop locally the levels of service described in the “National Service Framework (NSF) for Long-term (Neurological) Conditions”. The NSF has a 10-year implementation programme from its publication in March 2005, with flexibility for organisations to set the pace of change locally to take account of differences in local priorities and needs. Copies of the NSF is available in the Library.

Information on the progress that has been achieved locally with regard to the implementation of the targets set out in the NSF can be obtained direct from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on supportive and palliative care has been fully implemented in Heywood and Middleton constituency. (202917)

It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs), including Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT, within the national health service to commission services for their resident population, including end of life care, based on assessments of local needs and priorities. The NHS has been required to set out action plans to achieve compliance with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations on supportive and palliative care. Implementation is being monitored by strategic health authorities (SHAs).

Information on the rate of progress locally can be obtained through the North West SHA.