HC Deb 21 July 2004 vol 424 cc365-6W
Mrs. Humble

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on myasthenia gravis; and what support is available for sufferers of the disease in Blackpool north and Fleetwood constituency. [184115]

Miss Melanie Johnson

Myasthenia gravis is a neurological condition characterised by fluctuating levels of muscle weakness. There is no cure but treatment includes medication, surgery and palliation.

The national service framework (NSF) for long term conditions will focus on improving services for people with neurological conditions. While the NSF will not cover myasthenia gravis specifically, it will recommend improvements in standards, care and support that will benefit everyone with a neurological condition. We are committed to publishing the NSF as soon as possible.

Primary care trusts, in partnership with other local stakeholders, determine how best to use their funds to provide health services for their populations, including those with myasthenia gravis.