§ Mr. Burstow
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the(a) cost and (b) work force implications of National Institute for Clinical Excellence clinical guidance for multiple sclerosis specialist services. 
§ Dr. Ladyman
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) published its clinical guideline on the clinical management of multiple sclerosis (MS) in primary care in November 2003. The guideline contains information on service provision which will be invaluable to clinicians and organisations providing and managing MS services. The guideline will help us to model service provision and workforce needs.
Name General and acute (available) Acute (available) Geriatric (available) 2000–01 Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust 320 304 16 2000–01 Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 709 590 119 2001–02 Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust/Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 1,066 903 163 2002–03 Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 1,073 929 144
Department of Health form KH03, Published 11 September 2003