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Volume 485: debated on Thursday 18 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards achieving the 11 quality requirements to improve treatment, care and support from diagnosis to end of life for people with neurological conditions in 2008. (245736)

We have made no assessment of the progress made towards the 11 quality requirements to improve the treatment, care and support to those with neurological conditions published in the National Service Framework for Long-term (neurological) Conditions (the NSF), a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

Since publication of the NSF, the Department has provided service planners, commissioners and providers with guidance, expert advice and support to help them to deliver the NSF's quality requirements. However, in line with devolving responsibility to local organisations, we are moving to new phase with much greater emphasis on local health and social care communities and the third sector taking responsibility for driving forward service change and improvement.