Mr. Gareth Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive about reducing waiting times to see a consultant about Parkinson's Disease. 
§ Jacqui Smith
Ministers have had no discussions with the Scottish Executive on this subject.
The national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions will have a particular focus on the needs of people with neurological disease, brain and spinal injury, as well as some of the common issues faced by people with a long-term condition. It will include services for people with epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's Disease, Motor Neurone Disease and other similar conditions.
Publication of the NSF is currently planned for 2004, with implementation starting in 2005.