The Secretary of State has had no recent discussions with voluntary or community organisations concerned with the delivery of care to patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
On 20 January 2009, Lord Darzi, then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, met with a group of stakeholders to discuss the research of the Rheumatology Futures Group. This stakeholder group included representatives of the national rheumatoid arthritis society (NRAS) and the British Society for Rheumatology.
On 25 November 2009, a meeting took place between Jenny Snell of NRAS and my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Health, and a further meeting is scheduled for 1 December.