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Jacqui Smith: The Department does not collect information on waiting times for MRI scans, however, information from the Royal United hospital, Bath national health service trust shows that between June 2001 and October 2001 the maximum waiting time had reduced by 1.3 months.
The trust has been running additional sessions to reduce the waiting times. It has also appointed two additional consultant radiologists and two new senior radiographers which will enable the trust to increase MRI capacity.
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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 6 November 2001]: In the selection of a topic for the national service framework programme, the main criteria are the importance of a health issue in terms of morbidity and mortality; the need for service improvement; and the capacity of the national health service and its partner agencies to implement the framework.
Ms Blears: We are currently holding discussions with the manufacturers to consider a range of options under which drugs for multiple sclerosis might be made available under the national health service. One option is a "risk sharing" scheme which will evaluate their clinical and cost-effectiveness, and until these discussions are concluded we cannot provide detailed information on potential numbers of patients and likely costs.
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the refusal of Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth NHS to fund anti-tumour necrosis factor treatment for a patient living in Battersea with rheumatoid arthritis. 
Ms Blears: Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth health authority recognise the potential benefit of anti-TNF treatments and are funding 24 patients who are part of an already established clinical trial. The health authority is not currently funding new patients. However, its health modernisation group is due to meet shortly to review the funding for these treatments. Funding for anti-TNF drugs will be considered along with other priorities as part of the HA process for financial planning for 200203.
Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of (a) midwives and (b) health visitor training is dedicated to breastfeeding support; and how many hours training this involves. 
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Osteopathyof which cranial osteopathy is one formis already available on the NHS, and is included in the information pack on complementary and alternative medicine for primary care groups which the Department published in July 2000.
Jacqui Smith: Post-natal care for women is provided on the basis of assessed health and parenting needs of the mother and baby rather than on the basis of the number of babies born. A range of family support services is available through health (doctors, midwives and health visitors) and social services.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals are taking part in the red card scheme; how many (a) red and (b) yellow cards have been issued; and what changes have been observed in the levels of violence to staff in the hospitals involved. 
Ms Blears: The Department issued national guidelines to national health service trusts to help develop policies on withholding NHS treatment from violent and abusive patients on 2 November 2001. All trusts must consider the need to develop a local policy on withholding treatment from violent and abusive patients. Such policies and procedures should form part of local policies addressing safer working conditions and should be in place by April 2002.
St. Bartholomews and the London NHS Trust introduced a policy on the withdrawal of treatment from violent patients, also known as the yellow and red card scheme, in September 2000. The policy has had a significant deterrent effect, and although the trust has issued eight yellow cards (formal written warnings), it has not proved necessary to issue red cards (withdrawal of treatment).
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses to the public consultation on eligibility for impotence treatments were (a) against and (b) in favour of the current restrictions in prescribing treatments. 
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The current system was introduced in 1999 to get a balance between treating men with impotence and protecting national health service resources to deal with other priorities including those with cancer, heart disease and mental health problems. Expenditure on impotence treatment drugs, at £25 million a year, is above what we expected and continues to increase. We have concluded that the extra cost of allowing unrestricted prescribing might be substantially higher leading to diversion of funds from other NHS priorities.
Mr. Hutton: Figures collected which generally reflect the cost of outstanding repair and maintenance of hospitals are known as the "cost to achieve Estatecode condition B". In relation to a building's physical condition this is the condition whereby the property is considered to be physically sound, operationally safe and exhibits only minor deterioration.
Costs to achieve Estatecode condition B (physical condition) for the year 19992000, grouped into each health authority in England, are shown in the table. Similar costs for the year 200001 are still in the process of collection and validation and are unlikely to be available until early next year.
Figures for special health authorities (SHA), figures are only collected in connection with special hospitals and therefore exclude costs relating to all other SHA organisations (for example, Family Health Services Appeal Authority, Commission for Health Improvement, NHS Information Authority).
|Health authority||Cost to achieve estatecode Condition 19992000|
|Barking and Havering||28,934,000|
|Barnet, Enfield and Haringey||46,206,000|
|Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich||70,395,000|
|Brent and Harrow||29,783,000|
|Bury and Rochdale||7,539,000|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||52,980,000|
|Camden and Islington||79,819,000|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||13,279,000|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||96,230,000|
|East London and The City||113,466,000|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||18,970,000|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||7,228,000|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||9,422,000|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||63,276,000|
|Kingston and Richmond||8,667,000|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||126,844,000|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||35,151,000|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||44,542,000|
|North and East Devon||8,103,000|
|North and Mid Hampshire||17,216,000|
|North West Lancashire||33,003,000|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||63,457,000|
|Salford and Trafford||17,681,000|
|South and West Deveon||13,210,000|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||24,627,000|
|St. Helen's and Knowsley||8,095,000|
|Wigan and Bolton||12,343,000|
Special health authorities include special hospitals only (e.g. Ashworth, Rampton and Broadmoor)
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