9 September 2011
On Tuesday, Valerie Vaz MP received a written response to her question about who will be responsible for commissioning services for a number of health conditions, including M.E., following the proposed reorganisation of the NHS in England.
As Hansard reports, Paul Burstow, Minister for Care Services replied:
“Although it is expected that Clinical Commissioning Groups will commission the majority of services, the Health and Social Care Bill sets out the Government's intentions that the NHS Commissioning Board will commission certain services directly. Services that will be commissioned by the NHS Commissioning Board will be referred to as prescribed services and will be those that are included within specialised services that are currently commissioned both nationally and regionally.
“A Clinical Advisory Group has been established to develop a list of services that the NHS Commissioning Board will commission from 1 April 2013, subject to the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill and, as part of this work, the Group has been considering the neurosciences. While the list will be based on the services set out in the third edition of the Specialised Services National Definitions Set (SSDNS), the Group is also considering additional services that were excluded from the third edition of SSNDS, and which featured in earlier editions of SSNDS.”
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