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Health: Continuing Care

Volume 716: debated on Wednesday 6 January 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 3 November (WA 42–5), whether there was any change in the variation between primary care trusts of the numbers receiving NHS continuing care in the first two quarters of 2009–10. [HL842]

Analysis of the numbers receiving National Health Service-funded continuing care in the first two quarters of 2009-10 shows a slight reduction in the variation in rates receiving continuing care per 10,000 population between primary care trusts, from a standard deviation of 4.5 in quarter 1 to a standard deviation of 4.2 in quarter 2.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which primary care trusts in which few people are receiving continuing care are meeting their obligations. [HL843]

The department has raised this issue with strategic health authority (SHA) directors of performance.

SHAs have responsibility for working with primary care trusts (PCTs) on performance issues. All SHAs have arrangements in place for obtaining detailed performance data from their PCTs in relation to continuing care.

Since the issuing of the National Framework for National Health Service Continuing Healthcare (CHC) in 2007, the variation in eligibility levels for continuing care between PCTs has reduced significantly, and continues to reduce.

Practice guidance for CHC is presently being developed by the department and key stakeholders for issuing in 2010.