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Musculoskeletal Disorders: Health Services

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of changes in demand for NHS musculoskeletal services over the next 10 years; what proportion of NHS bed days he estimates will be occupied by people with musculoskeletal problems in each of the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement. (249244)

The Department has not made any specific assessment of changes in demand for national health service musculoskeletal services over the next ten years nor the proportion of bed days will be occupied by people with musculoskeletal problems. It is the responsibility of primary care trusts in working with providers of services to plan for future demand using all available sources of information. To support primary care trusts in undertaking this work, the 18 weeks programme has developed a range of orthopaedic commissioning pathways on for example Hip Pain, Knee Pain, Shoulder Pain, Chronic Pain Back pain and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. A further pathway is planned for arthritis and is currently under development.