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Yvette Cooper [holding answer 8 January 2001]: A total of 213 staff, including 49 specialist advisers, are trained to work on the helpline services. The precise numbers engaged at any given time depends upon predicted call volumes.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent in legal fees in each of the last five years in relation to obtaining injunctions against media organisations. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 8 January 2002]: The Department has incurred no legal costs in relation to obtaining injunctions because we have not sought any injunctions against the media in the last five years.
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Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the patients awaiting discharge in inappropriately occupied beds in Worcestershire hospitals will have their future care packages funded by (a) the health authority, (b) the county social services department and (c) a combination of both; what the equivalent figures were in January 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
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|Health authority funded placements||11||19|
|Social Services funded placements||9||11|
|Jointly funded placements||9||5|
The data for each year come from two different sources. The 2001 figures have been taken from the weekly SITREPs, and the 2000 figures have been taken from the 200001 Q3 CIC return. Both sets of figures cover the last day in December. The monthly figure is a snapshot for that day, the weekly figure is a snapshot for the week ending 31 December.
We are investing an extra £900 million in intermediate care to ensure that we can free up acute hospital beds which are being occupied by older people who could be cared for at home or elsewhere, which in turn will speed up accident and emergency admissions. The NHS Plan clearly states that by 2004 we will end widespread bed blocking. To achieve this we have a target of 5,000 extra intermediate care beds and an additional 1,700 non-residential intermediate care places by 200304, with 220,000 more people receiving intermediate care services.
I am advised that Worcestershire county council's allocation of £713,000 from the Government's "Cash for Change" initiative will be used to fund additional residential and nursing home placements, a home care discharge scheme and one off payments to support independent sector homes cost pressures. In addition, Worcestershire health authority received an extra £382,000 in April 2001 to help them prepare for winter pressures.
Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the arrangements for the alternative storage of the deceased following the closure of the mortuary at Kidderminster hospital; and if he will make a statement on the implications for costs to families. 
Yvette Cooper: I am informed that the coroner, local funeral directors and the Kidderminster and district community health council have been involved in the planning of alternative arrangements for the storage and removal of the bodies of deceased patients from Kidderminster hospital.
Where the family have already decided upon a funeral director, then arrangements will go ahead as planned. In those cases where a decision has yet to be made, then arrangements have been made with a local funeral directors company for appropriate storage of the deceased, at no cost to the family, until a decision is reached.
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The trust has confirmed that it sees as a priority the need to maintain a service which treats the deceased with respect and dignity, and which is compassionate in the manner in which it relates to the members of their family.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received concerning the availability of recombinant clotting factors to haemophilia patients in England; and if he will make a statement. 
We are actively considering extending the provision of recombinant clotting factors to all haemophilia patients in England when supplies allow. Currently the policy is to provide recombinant clotting factors for new haemophilia patients and children under 16.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the health authorities and trusts in England which provide recombinant clotting factors to haemophiliac patients aged over 16 years. 
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Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when he expects to receive the findings of NICE regarding the use of the drug Herceptin as treatment for breast cancer; and if he will make a statement; 
Yvette Cooper: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State and the National Assembly for Wales have asked the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to appraise Herceptin for the treatment of advanced breast
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cancer, and to issue guidance on its use to the NHS in England and Wales. NICE expects to issue guidance on Herceptin in spring 2002.
Data on the number of health authorities in England and Wales currently authorising the use of Herceptin is not collected. However, as with all newly licensed treatments in advance of a NICE appraisal, the Department's advice is that funding authorities should consider the clinical evidence available for a specific treatment before making any decision.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health of residents in Sandhurst, Gloucestershire, following the explosion at Cleansing Services Group Ltd.; and if he will make a statement. 
The authority has found that the physical and/or psychological health of a significant proportion of Sandhurst residents was affected following the fire. The majority of physical symptoms experienced resolved within four weeks although a small number of people reported continuing physical symptoms seven months after the incident. The health authority has established a study to monitor the long-term effects of the incident on the community.
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