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Orthopaedics: Waiting Lists

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the optimum NHS commissioning strategies needed to achieve the 18 week target for (a) orthopaedic and (b) rheumatology appointments; and if he will make a statement. (204747)

The Department has published 40 18-week commissioning pathways covering the highest volume specialties, including orthopaedics and rheumatology. In addition, the Department has published the “Musculoskeletal Services Framework” (MSF) that demonstrates a new model of service to deliver better care, closer to home for the estimated 10 million people in the UK with bone and joint conditions.

The MSF and all commissioning pathways are available from www.18weeks.nhs.uk.