To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department is taking steps to help improve the timely diagnosis of osteogenesis imperfecta; what the average time taken is for such diagnoses in the latest period for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
24 May 2022
We have committed £2.3 billion to increase the volume of diagnostic activity and reduce patient waiting times, including X-rays which can diagnose osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). The ‘Delivery plan for tackling the COVID-19 backlog of elective care’ sets out the ambition for 95% of patients to receive a diagnostic test within six weeks by March 2025. To implement the UK Rare Diseases Framework, we published England’s Rare Diseases Action Plan in February 2022. The Plan includes actions to improve the timely diagnosis of rare conditions such as OI. Data on the average time taken for the diagnosis of OI is not held in the format requested.