HC Deb 16 April 1999 vol 329 cc376-7W
Audrey Wise

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will recommend to health purchasers that the new provisions for pooled budgets and lead commissioning be implemented in the case of multiple sclerosis patients. [80596]

Mr. Hutton

There is no restriction on the client groups that can benefit from the new provisions. It is for health and local government partners to agree how best to provide services to meet the needs of people in their area. The new provisions give authorities the flexibility to do this and the opportunity to consider innovative new arrangements. Directing authorities, in the first instance, on how to use the flexibilities would run counter to this. However, as the flexibilities start to bed down and lessons are learnt we will wish to spread good practice.

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