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Mr. Singh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for increasing diabetes risk awareness among the Asian and African-Caribbean population. [125956]

Yvette Cooper: We recognise the importance of raising awareness about the risk factors and symptoms of diabetes among both the public and health care professionals, including the Asian and African-Caribbean populations. We announced last year the development of a National Service Framework (NSF) for diabetes in England, to be published in 2001. The aims of the diabetes NSF are to improve health outcomes for people with diabetes by raising the quality of services and reducing variations between them. The scope of the NSF is broad and covers prevention, identification and management of diabetes and its complications, including rehabilitation and continuing care. The diabetes NSF will pay particular heed to the needs of those who are disproportionately affected by diabetes, such as people from minority ethnic groups.

Cancer Treatment Centres

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the cancer treatment centres available in NHS hospitals in the Greater London area. [127157]

Yvette Cooper: The Calman/Hine Report, "A Policy Framework for Commissioning Cancer Services", recommended that networks of care should be developed encompassing primary care, cancer units and cancer centres. The Report provided a broad service model framework for the development of cancer units and cancer centres, but did not set national standards. The first stage of Calman/Hine has reflected early implementation of the Calman/Hine recommendations, reflected the different

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starting points across the county, and allowed an evaluation of services by health authorities and regional offices, based on general Calman/Hine principles, to fit local needs.

The London Regional Office has identified five cancer networks in London and the Cancer centres in each network as follows:

In addition, the cancer centre at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, located in the Eastern Region provides cancer centre services to some of the population of the London Region especially Hillingdon Health Authority, Brent and Harrow Health Authority and Barnet Health Authority.

Health and Social Care (Rural Areas)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to address health and social care problems of rural areas in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement. [127299]

Mr. Denham: The National Plan for the National Health Service, due to be published later this month, will address the issue of how to improve partnership between health and social care throughout the country. Our plans to improve services across the board in rural areas will be addressed in the forthcoming Rural White Paper.

Children's Services

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of local councils' plans to improve children's services; and if he will make a statement. [131790]

Mr. Hutton: I have today placed in the Library a copy of the report "Tracking Progress in Children's Services: An Evaluation of Local Responses to the Quality Protects Programme Year 2".

When we launched the Quality Protects programme in September 1998, we required local authorities to submit annual Management Action Plans to show how they were intending to improve the management and delivery of children's social services. This report presents the key

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messages and findings from the second round of Management Actions Plans (MAPs) which were received in January 2000.

Councils have made a good start over the past year in implementing the Quality Protects programme. For example we have seen:

But if there are to be real and lasting gains for children, these early improvements must be built on and further substantial progress made in 2000-01. The Government's determination to support this change is demonstrated by the significant increase in special grant available for funding this year (from £75 million to £120 million). We will expect progress in 2000-01 to be commensurate with this increase in funding.

Ambulance Services

Mr. Chidgey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in the consultation on the delivery of modern ambulance services in the South East Region of the NHS, what

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assessment he has made of the cost to fundholders of reorganisation (a) in total and (b) for each of the eight ambulance service trusts; what provision he has made to meet these costs through additional funding; when the allocations made to these trusts to help reach new standards will be dispensed to them in full from the £21 million allocated for this purpose by his Department; what measures he is proposing to ensure that adequate resources are safeguarded for rural services; and if he will make a statement. [131215]

Ms Stuart: We have invested an extra £21 million to help ambulance services speed up response times. Of this, the South East Region received a total of £4.2 million.

All eight ambulance services in the south east have developed and agreed a vision to ensure that the region's population have speedy access to high quality, modern and dependable ambulance services which are integrated with care provided by local National Health Service partners and other agencies.

Further work is currently being undertaken before final proposals are subject to full public consultation.

Health Action Zones

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the budget allocation for each health action zone in each year since their introduction and for next year. [130512]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested for 1998-99 to 2000-01 is given in the table. Decisions on funding for 2001-02 have not yet been made.

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Health action zone funding: 1998-99 to 2000-01

1st wave
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham1,2066,1377,41514,758
East London7775,5356,33912,661
South Yorkshire Coalfields8205,5396,48412,843
Manchester, Salford and Trafford9927,0508,49616,538
Tyne and Wear9068,7099,81519,500
North Cumbria4472,2982,5155,260
1st wave total7,16247,14155,856110,228
2nd Wave
Hull and East Riding202,8244,7277,571
Bury and Rochdale202,0043,2635,287
Leicester City201,5022,5104,032
North Staffordshire202,0563,1895,265
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly202,2883,6415,949
Camden and Islington202,3723,7346,126
2nd wave total30039,08563,480101,064
Central and other innovations3641,7001,5173,581

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