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Health: Sexual Health

Volume 707: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

Question

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how primary care trusts are prioritising sexual health in their strategic plans to implement world class commissioning; and how many have included sexual health in their goals and targets. [HL1112]

Primary care trusts (PCTs) have produced five-year strategic plans outlining their priorities for investment in improving the health of their local populations. These strategic plans are being reviewed as part of the annual commissioning assurance process, which was launched last year to assess PCT commissioning capability. PCTs have also chosen 10 local health outcomes against which they will be assessed as part of commissioning assurance. Fifty-three of the 152 PCTs have chosen the under-18 conception rate as one of the 10 measures that they will be assessed against, which puts sexual health in the top 10 of outcome areas chosen as priorities by PCTs.