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Ms Stuart [holding answer 18 December 2000]: Information about the number of 999 calls to National Health Service ambulance trusts in each NHS region for each of the last three years is contained in the Department of Health Statistical Bulletin "Ambulance Services, England 1999-2000". Copies are available in the Library and on the website www.doh.gov.uk/public/sb0014.htm.
Ms Stuart: A key component of the Electronic Record Development and Implementation Programme, which was launched in November 1999, was the inclusion of patient representatives in the selection of the sites. The National Health Service Information Authority (NHSIA) has encouraged the sites to involve their own patient communities through appropriate local mechanisms. In some instances this has involved condition-specific patient groups or patient representatives on project boards.
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To support this process the NHSIA has appointed Marlene Winfield as Head of Stakeholder Relationships: Patients and Citizens, to consult national patient groups in order to ensure an appropriate level of patient involvement in the programme at both national and local levels.
Some sites have specific objectives in relation to involving patients, and have conducted patient surveys of attitudes to sharing information, confidentiality, the electronic health record, patient access and patient-held records and these results will be shared.
In addition, a project involving two general practices is also being supported by the NHSIA in the development and implementation of the electronic health record. The general practitioner's practices involved in the project are Hadfield Health Centre in Derbyshire and Bury Knowles Health Centre in Oxford, and are exemplars in their involvement of patients within the practice. The practices are exploring issues around patient self-monitoring and access to the electronic record at the time of consultation; use of electronic records and their migration to electronic and hand-held patient information integrated into the record.
Hospitals in the South West Region are implementing action plans to improve standards of cleanliness and our continuing programme of work will ensure that these standards are maintained in the future.
Dr. Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the case of Mr. Jim Norris of Fife Health Board; and what estimate he has made of the implications of this case for (a) health authorities and (b) patients in England and Wales. 
Ms Stuart: This is a matter for the Scottish Executive Health Department and does not set a precedent for patients in England and Wales. There are no implications for health authorities and patients in England. Issues relating to Wales are for the Welsh Assembly.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if an ambulance authority will be deemed to have met the eight minute target time for an emergency if attendance is by a volunteer under the first responder scheme. 
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Ms Stuart [holding answer 15 January 2001]: Yes, providing any volunteer in a first responder scheme is equipped with a defibrillator, trained in basic life support and acting as part of an ambulance service's response system. A fully staffed and equipped ambulance must also arrive within 14 minutes in urban areas or 19 minutes in rural areas. What matters is that patients with life- threatening conditions or injuries get an emergency response as quickly as possible. Clinical evidence proves conclusively that early defibrillation and resuscitation saves more lives. Achievement of the eight minute target could save 1,800 lives each year in people under 75 years suffering acute heart attacks.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of deep vein thrombosis have been recorded in each health authority in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available; and how many there were in the preceding five years. 
The table shows the number of admissions to National Health Service hospitals in England in 1995-96 to 1999-2000 by health authority of residence for the diagnosis phlebitis and thrombophlebitis of other deep vessels of lower extremities.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the prescription rate of herceptin is in the (a) North of England, (b) south-east of England, (c) United Kingdom and (d) rest of the European Union; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Stuart: The drug received its marketing authorisation on 28 August 2000, and information about its use is not yet available. We have asked the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to conduct an appraisal of Herceptin (trastuzumab) and vinorelbine for breast cancer. We expect NICE to issue guidance this summer.
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(b) ancillary staff pay for each of the periods (i) 1978-79 to 1982-83, (ii) 1982-83 to 1986-87, (iii) 1986-87 to 1991-92, (iv) 1991-92 to 1996-97 and (v) 1996-97 to 2001-02; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 18 January 2001]: The table details the real-terms increases in pay for nurses and ancillary staff between 1985-86 and 2001-02. 1985-86 is the earliest year for which comparable data are available.
|Nurses and midwives||Ancillary staff|
|1985-86 to 1986-87||5.1||2.9|
|1986-87 to 1991-92||13.9||1.8|
|1991-92 to 1996-97||3.2||1.2|
|1996-97 to 2001-02(4)||6.5||4.1|
(4) The pay offers for 2001-02 have been included although they are still to be formally accepted
Ms Stuart [holding answer 18 January 2001]: The information requested is shown in the table. It shows the average daily number of available beds in wards open overnight for East Somerset National Health Service Trust and Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust from 1991-92 to 1999-2000.
Prior to NHS trusts being established, bed numbers were collected by district health authority. To ensure as complete a picture as possible the table also includes figures for Somerset DHA for 1985 to 1992-93. For 1991-92 and 1992-93 the DHA figures are for the mental health and community units which gained trust status in 1993-94 (called Avalon in earlier years, now Somerset Partnership). For comparison the figures for England for the same period are also included.
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|East Somerset NHS Trust||Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust||Somerset Partnership NHS Trust||Somerset DHA||Total for Somerset HA area||England|
DH form KH03
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