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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to compensate those self-funding residents who are eligible and received payment for free nursing care but did not have the money passed on in a reduction in fees. 
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distribution of the funding for extra intermediate care funding facilities for older people as described in his letter of 6 March to the hon. Member for Cheadle. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 18 March 2002]: In November 2001, the Department's regional offices were invited to submit bids against £66 million of capital funding available for intermediate care. Bids were assessed against 10 criteria.
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in September 2000will encourage greater co-operation between general practitioners (GPs) and pharmacists. These include repeat dispensing, medicines management and extending prescribing responsibilities. There are also many local initiatives where GPs and pharmacists are already collaborating to improve patient care, including prescribing advice, support for smoking cessation and anti-coagulant treatment monitoring.
Ms Blears [holding answer 18 March 2002]: "Pharmacy in the FutureImplementing the NHS Plan"our programme for pharmacy published in September 2000sets out a number of measures for increasing the role of community pharmacists in treating minor ailments. Successive winter campaigns have reinforced the message that in many cases the best course of action is to "Ask Your Pharmacist". All NHS sites will be able to refer callers to their local pharmacy, where appropriate, by the end of 2002. We are also committed to the availability of a wider range of medicines over the counter.