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Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the NHS was of (a) concentrators and (b) cylinder oxygen as part of the Domiciliary Oxygen Therapy Service in the last year for which figures are available. 
|Payments to suppliers of oxygen concentrators||14.3|
|Net ingredient cost of oxygen supplied in cylinders, and oxygen masks(32)||9.6|
|Fees paid to pharmacies for the collection and delivery of cylinders and provision of associated equipment||14.4|
(32) Net ingredient cost (NIC) refers to the headline reimbursement cost of the drug before the deduction of discount and does not include any dispensing costs or fees.
Prescription Cost Analysis (PCA)
|Year||Total fleet size|
Everyone leaving the invalid vehicle scheme will be eligible to receive indefinitely the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance, currently set at £38.65 a week rising to £39.30 from April 2002. They
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may choose to use this, for example, to obtain a motorised scooter or a four wheeled car specially adapted to each driver's needs through the motability scheme. Help with driving lessons is available. Technical officers from the service have visited each driver to discuss his or her future needs and to help decide what option to take.
Jacqui Smith: A central register is maintained for each area covered by a social services department. The register lists all the children resident in the area (including those who have been placed there by another local authority or agency) who are considered to be at continuing risk of significant harm, and for whom there is a child protection plan.
"Working Together to Safeguard Children" implemented better ways of making sure these registers link up together more effectively when a child moves from place to place. Since the publication of "Working Together" in December 1999, it has been the case that if a child and family have moved permanently to another local authority area, the receiving local authority should convene a child protection conference within 15 working days of being notified of the move. Only once this has taken place may de-registration take place in respect of the original local authority's child protection register.
|Year||Admissions||Rates per 100,000 population|
(33) The primary diagnosis is the first of seven diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics data set, and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
(34) The cause code is a supplementary code which indicates the nature of the condition.
Data in this table are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data, except for 199899 to 200001 which are not yet adjusted for shortfalls.
Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health
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(2) how much the NHS has spent on the provision of electrically-powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs in each year since 1997; 
(3) how many people have utilised NHS vouchers as part-payment for powered wheelchairs in each year since 1997. 
Jacqui Smith: Figures on expenditure on electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs (EPIOCs) are not collected centrally, nor are figures for numbers of vouchers issued separated into manual wheelchairs and EPIOCs.
|Number of powered wheelchairs issued||4,464||4,033||3,388||(36)3,279|
|Number of vouchers issued for wheelchairs||(35)560||(36)5,010||6,305||(36)6,250|
(35) Collection of data was not mandatory
(36) Incomplete figure (one return missing)
Ms Blears: The term "mixed sex ward" can be used to describe a variety of arrangements. The use of partitioning as a means of dividing wards into bays, which are then used to accommodate either male or female patients, is an acceptable means of protecting patients' privacy and dignity.
However, the use of moveable privacy screens alone is not acceptable, as these provide poor physical separation of facilities. Their use as an adjunct to permanent solutions, such as partitioning, can be helpful in further enhancing a sense of privacy and dignity.
Guidance on maintaining privacy and dignity was first issued to the national health service in 1997. This guidance clearly states that any screening in use must be adequate to ensure privacy is maintained, e.g., which will prevent patients being overhead or overseen by others, where this is not desirable.
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