§ Mr. Frank Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will indicate what progress is being made on the chronic disease management programme.
§ Mr. Sackville
New arrangements for chronic disease management in general practice were introduced on 1 July 1993. The latest available data suggests that almost 90 per cent. of general practitioners have already been approved to run chronic disease management programmes for the treatment of asthma and diabetes. This is an excellent response by general practitioners and their practice teams towards improving the treatment of these conditions.