New Parliamentry Question Answered


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A few months back we met with Luciana Berger MP.  She was very supportive of our campaign and has since submitted a parliamentry question with regards to the removal of Pre Conception councilling  (QoF) for ladies with Epilepsy.

7 April 2014

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations his Department received before the removal of pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications from the Quality Outcomes Framework; [194769]

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the risks of removing pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications from the Quality Outcomes Framework. [194770]

Dr Poulter: Senior NHS England clinicians and representatives of the British Medical Association reviewed and agreed all the proposed changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) taking into account the views of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and Public Health England.

The removal of QOF indicators will not mean that general practitioners (GPs) will no longer tackle important health issues such as pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medication. Rather, the aim is that reducing QOF will help free up time to enable GPs to spend more time on providing more proactive co-ordinated and individual care for their patients, based on their clinical judgment.

Since 1 January 2014, Ministers have not had any meetings to specifically discuss the removal of pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications from the QOF.

 

30 April 2014

 

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 7 April 2014, Official Report, column 38W, on epilepsy, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department had before 1 January to discuss the removal of pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications from the Quality and Outcomes Framework; and how many such meetings were with Sanofi. [196753]

Norman Lamb: There have been no meetings involving Ministers or officials with Sanofi on the removal of the indicator in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) regarding pre-conception counselling for women taking anti-epilepsy medications.

The changes to the QOF are part of a wide ranging set of changes to the general practitioner (GP) contract for 2014-15. It is intended that these contract changes will encourage GPs and their practice teams to provide more personalised and proactive care for patients.

Changes to the QOF were negotiated with the General Practitioners Committee, which is part of the British Medical

 

 

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