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Patients: Safety

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made towards (a) designation of specialised services to guarantee patient safety and (b) ensuring that service staff are used effectively in accordance with his Department’s operating framework for 2008-09. (228651)

The process of designating the providers of specialised services is being undertaken as part of the work programme of the National Specialised Commissioning Group, which has issued guidance to Specialised Commissioning Groups (SCGs) on its expected approach. This includes model documentation—to ensure that the process is fair and transparent. Such documentation will need to cover details of the service model, service standards, patient access and egress criteria and treatment protocols, and information requirements. It will also need to be discussed with patient groups. The work of producing model documentation for the first 15 services has been divided between different SCGs. A further eight services will be designated following some form of nationally co-ordinated review (e.g. burn care or rare cancers).