§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health to what extent the points system for deciding whether patients are to receive life or death intensive care treatment, known as the Apache II scoring system, is used in(a) Manchester's and (b) other British hospitals in making priority decisions about the use of current resources for such treatment; if his Department has given or will be giving any instructions about use of the system in National Health Service hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dorrell
The decision on whether a patient requires intensive care is a matter for the clinician responsible for that case. We have no plans to issue instructions on the clinical criteria which should be used.