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Monthly Parliamentary Monitoring Report (July 2014)
The July edition of the APPGS’ parliamentary monitoring report is now available to download. The report details developments in parliament and the wider NHS that are relevant to dermatology. Available to download here: APPGSMonitoringReport(July2014)
Commons Health Committee Publishes Report on Long Term Conditions (July 2014)
The House of Commons Health Committee has published its report into long-term conditions following a lengthy inquiry. The report detailed contributions made by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) below:
‘There is evidence to indicate that poorly-planned changes to service mix have not in the past had the desired effect. The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) reported that some dermatology outpatients services had been decommissioned, to be replaced by community-based services which provided care closer to home for dermatology patients. However the expected improvements in service provision had not been realised and there had been increased referrals to both community and acute services. BAD feared that changes in commissioning arrangements and the introduction of commissioning from “any qualified provider” had resulted in the “fracturing” of care pathways. This had meant that there was no net reduction in the cost of treatment when compared to acute care: in fact overall costs increased because patients were often “lost” in referrals from their GP to a community care service. BAD was also concerned that primary care services were “buckling” under current levels of demand.’
The report went on to say that the ‘Care Closer to Home’ agenda should not be taken to such an extreme that it dominates the redesign of clinical services and pathways. Acknowledging a concern that the APPGS has expressed before on several occasions the report states that:
‘While the prevailing assumption may be that people with long-term conditions would welcome treatment being provided through community or primary care as close to home as possible, this approach should not be taken for granted in the design of systems to support the management of long-term conditions. Many conditions will continue to require treatment to be provided being provided in specialised secondary care settings.’
The full report can be found here.
Monthly Parliamentary Monitoring Report (June 2014)
The June edition of the APPGS’ parliamentary monitoring report is now available to download. The report details developments in parliament and the wider NHS that are relevant to dermatology. This month contains several questions from parliamentarians on the APPGS’ sunbed report. Available to download here: APPGSMonitoringReport(June2014)
APPGS Quarterly Update Published (April-June 2014)
The APPGS’ latest quarterly report has been published and is available to download here:
More Parliamentary Questions on Sunbeds (June 2014)
Baroness Finlay of Llandaff: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement fully the Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010, including the secondary legislation and a programme to ensure that the public is aware of the dangers of sunbeds.[HL177]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Earl Howe) (Con): The Sunbeds (Regulation) Act 2010 came into effect in 2011 to ensure sunbed businesses are properly supervised. In England some local authorities choose to enforce the under 18 ban enshrined within the primary legislation and the Department has published guidance to support them
The Government has recently received a report from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin which gives a number of recommendations including the introduction of secondary regulations in England and how the public can be fully informed. Government has noted the report and is currently considering how to progress the recommendations.
Mrs Glindon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will reply to the report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin into sunbed regulation in England.
Jane Ellison: Government has noted the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin report and is currently considering the recommendations and the implications.
Parliamentary Questions on Sunbeds (June 2014)
Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Government plans to respond to the recommendations set out in the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Skin on sunbed regulation published in 2014.
Jane Ellison: The Government has noted the report and is currently considering how to respond to the recommendations.