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Health: Rheumatism

Volume 704: debated on Monday 13 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What action they are taking following the declaration of the European Parliament on 5 June calling on the Council of Ministers to establish national plans to fight rheumatic diseases. [HL5334]

Through the musculoskeletal services framework, the department has provided the National Health Service (NHS) and social care organisations with guidance to support improvements to musculoskeletal services, including those for rheumatic diseases.

The framework, which has been placed in the Library, sets out good practice for NHS and social care organisations to consider when commissioning and providing services. It is for primary care trusts, in partnership with strategic health authorities and other stakeholders, to determine how best to use the guidance when meeting national and local priorities for improving health, and commissioning services accordingly.