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Urinary System: Diseases

Volume 488: debated on Monday 2 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of primary care trusts which fund the use of sacral nerve stimulation as a treatment for interstitial cystitis. (257500)

The information requested is not collected centrally. It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to decide their priorities for investment locally, taking into account both local priorities and the national health service operating framework.

Funding for sacral nerve stimulation would be made from PCT revenue allocations. Revenue allocations for 2009-10 and 2010-11 were announced in December 2008 and over the two years covered by this allocation, PCTs will receive an average increase in funding of 11.3 per cent., a total increase of £8.6 billion. The Department does not break down PCT allocations by policies, at either a national or local level.