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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 28 February 2002]: We have said that there should be closer working, and over time, organisational integration between the National Care Standards Commission, the Commission for Health Improvement, and other bodies so that health and social care services are subject to a common set of standards whether they are provided by public, private or voluntary sector organisations.
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This NSF will look at all aspects of children's health and development; it will not consider every disease and condition but will concentrate on generic standards.
We have decided that the NSF should set out exemplars to show how national standards should apply in particular areas. We have already announced that autism will be one. Asthma will be another. Exemplars will be used to illustrate how the standards should be applied to ensure that services delivered to children are effective and meet their needs.
Mrs. Roe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for Broxbourne will receive a reply to her letters of 23 October 2001, 29 November 2001, 2 January and 26 February, relating to correspondence about Zyban from her constituent, Mr. Edward Weston of Broxbourne. 
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Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many children and young people under the age of 18 years have been waiting for (a) an out-patient and (b) an in-patient appointment with an orthodontist in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area; 
(3) how many children and young people under the age of 18 years have been waiting: (a) under 13 weeks, (b) over 13 weeks and under one year, (c) over one year and (d) over two years or more for an out-patient appointment to see an orthodontist in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area. 
|Of those GP written referrals seen, the number who waited (in weeks)||Patients still waiting|
|Quarter/Speciality||Number of GP written referral requests seen||0 to 3||4 to 12||13 to 25||26 plus||Over 13 weeks||Over 26 weeks|
This information is not collected by age.
Department of Health form QM08
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facilities are available in (a) the Brighton Healthcare NHS Trust and (b) the Worthing-Southlands NHS Trust to administer (i) Indium III octreotide imaging, (ii) fasting gut hormone profile, (iii) plasma chromogranin test, and (iv) 5HIAA urine tests; and how many such tests have been carried out there in the last 12 months. 
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which commercial agencies have been used for matching NHS patients with treatment centres on the continent; and what the basis is of their remuneration. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 11 March 2002]: GerMedic GmBh, a German company, has arranged treatment for patients from the south-east pilot scheme in two German hospitals. The NHS has negotiated with the organisation an overall price for the packages of treatment needed by patients, from which GerMedic will receive remuneration. The prices are commercially confidential.
Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the areas of the country (a) which have been supported by an air ambulance service in the last 12 months, (b) which are currently supported and (c) where services are planned in the near future. 
North East England
Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire
North West England
Dorset and Somerset
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 11 March 2002]: There is not a specific budget for information technology investment. The majority of costs are met from the baseline allocations made via health authorities. Health communities then make their investment decisions based on local priority. These investments are not aggregated at a national level but have been estimated at £800 million per yearthis estimate includes a very broad spectrum of costs including maintenance of finance and other administrative systems.
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Some new funds have been made available for specific targeted information management and technology developments£113 million was hypothecated in 200102 and £82 million for 200203. These sums revert to baseline after one year.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contracts his Department has placed in the last two years or expects to place in the next two years for IT improvements in the NHS; and with which providers. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 11 March 2002]: Separate figures for IT improvements are not collated. The Department and the national health service organise contracts in such a way as to obtain both value for money and maintain local choice where appropriate. There are national contracts for major national infrastructure, central catalogue arrangements for mature products, and local procurements for many specific items, which need to be integrated with existing systems.
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