asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they have any plans to collect information on the number and geographical location of primary care trusts routinely offering dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans to either (a) women patients over 60 years of age, or (b) women patients over 60 assessed as being at risk of developing osteoporosis; and [HL3106]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 7 March (WA 54), why they decided not to ringfence the capital provision of £17 million to improve National Health Service capacity in dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scanning provision. [HL3107]
The capital provision of £17 million to improve the National Health Service capacity for dual X-ray absorptiometry scanning was allocated via strategic capital because it was considered that strategic health authorities would be best placed to distribute this funding. Strategic capital allocations are not ringfenced.
We have no plans to collect information on those primary care trusts that routinely offer dual energy X-ray absorptiometry scans.