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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 19 November 2001]: The national health service prostate cancer programme was launched on 6 September 2000. The programme covers research, treatment and a risk management programme specifically around improving early detection and diagnosis. One element of the risk management programme is the informed choice project aimed at raising awareness among men about prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing. This education project is developing materials for patients, the public and professionals which can be given to any man requesting a PSA test, to help him make an informed choice about whether to proceed with the test or not.
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Mr. Hutton: The Department will begin a tender exercise to establish a list of approved providers in the new year, drawing on the experience of the three test-bed sites in the south-east of England which are currently working to send national health service patients overseas. This tender exercise will of necessity take several months.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with which hospital providers he has (a) had meetings and (b) corresponded in (i) Austria, (ii) Belgium, (iii) France, (iv) Greece, (v) the Netherlands, (vi) Germany, (vii) Portugal, (viii) Spain and (ix) Norway. 
Mr. Hutton: Officials and members of the three test-bed sites working to send national health service patients overseas have had meetings with several providers based in Germany and a provider based in Greece.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he notified the European Commission of his decision to amend domestic legislation to clarify that health authorities and trusts may commission treatment from other member states of the EEA. 
Mr. Hutton: Following my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's public statement on 27 August, my noble Friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath wrote to European Commissioners Byrne, Bokelstein and Diamontopolou on 4 September 2001.
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Mr. Hutton: We concluded consultation with the General Practitioners Committee of the British Medical Association on the detail of the scheme on 1 November and issued guidance to health authorities and primary care trusts the following day.
Most payments are being made by health authorities from the national general medical services non-cash- limited budget and the next quarterly monitoring data on that budget are not due until January. We expect, however, expenditure on this new scheme to exceed £10 million this year.
Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have waited for more than one year for (a) in-patient and (b) out-patient treatment at the Good Hope hospital, Sutton Coldfield, in each month in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hutton: The national health service does not collect information on the number of out-patients waiting over one year. The NHS however does collect routinely the number of outpatients waiting over 26 weeks (six months).
In-patient monthly data have only been collected since April 1998. Prior to this they were only available quarterly. Out-patient data have not been collected on a monthly basis, being only available by trust quarterly.
|Month||Number of in-patient over 12 month waiters||Number of out-patient over 26 week waiters|
1. Data on the number of out-patients waiting over 12 months are not collected
2. Out-patient data shown are number of patients still waiting for a first out-patient appointment following GP referral who have waited over 26 weeks (six months)
KH07, QM08 quarterly returns, monthly waiting times returnsDepartment of Health
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Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 19 November 2001, Official Report, column 112W, when he expects the Hillingdon local modernisation review to publish its conclusions. 
Mr. Hutton: Reports on phase 2 of the local modernisation review are due to be shared with the Department by 30 November 2001. We expect to see detail of the key actions from local modernisation reviews in the health improvement and modernisation plans that all health authorities are required to publish in spring 2002.
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