(2) who represents the providers of burn services in Merseyside on the National Burn Care Review Group;
(3) when he last met the National Burn Care Review Group;
(4) whether the National Burn Care Review Group is active; and if he will make a statement;
(5) what communications the National Burn Care Review Group had with providers of burn services in the North West since November 2006.
The National Burn Care Group (NBCG) is a sub-group of the National Specialised Commissioning Group (NSCG), a body established on 1 April 2007. The NSCG, the successor to the National Burn Care Review Group, was established to oversee the national commissioning of highly specialised services and facilitate collaborative working at a pan-Specialised Commissioning Group level. The NBCG last met on 24 February 2009. Ministers have not attended any meetings of the NBCG.
There are no provider organisations represented directly on the NBCG. Providers are represented on each of the four networks set up to commission services in their area. In the north-west providers of burn care services are represented on the Strategy Board, the Operational Service Group and the Lead Clinician Forum of the Northern Burn Care Network. The Network Manager and the Clinical Director of the Northern Network reflect their views to the NBCG.
The Department does not hold information on communications between the NBCG and north-west Burn Care providers. Since the Northern Burn Care Network was established in May 2008, communications with providers in the north-west have taken place via the Network's Strategy Board and Operational Services Group.