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Health: Rheumatism and Arthritis

Volume 707: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures the National Health Service will take to improve treatment modes and after-care for rheumatism and arthritis sufferers. [HL1196]

The musculoskeletal services framework, published in July 2006, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, provides the NHS with guidance to help improve health and social care services for people suffering from conditions such as rheumatism and rheumatoid arthritis.

This framework sets out how the National Health Service (NHS) can use a wider range of health professionals including physiotherapists, nurses and pharmacists in addition to general practitioners and hospital consultants to provide faster treatment, in more convenient settings, such as closer to home, rather than in hospital.