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Alan Keen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if appointments have been made to the Nursing and Midwifery and Health Professions Councils in readiness for their formal establishment on 1 April. 
Mr. Hutton: The Nursing and Midwifery and Health Professions Orders 2001 provide for the Privy Council to make appointments to the new Councils. I can confirm that members have accepted the invitations to serve for a three-year term from 1 April 2002. The following is a list of their names.
Nursing and Midwifery Council
Mary HanrattyNorthern Ireland
Elizabeth BannonNorthern Ireland
Fiona WrightNorthern Ireland
Professor David SinesEngland
Angela O'ConnorNorthern Ireland
Professor Paul LewisEngland
Eileen PollockNorthern Ireland
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make his policy to include adult protection indicators arising from the implementation of No Secrets in the performance indicator framework; and if he will make a statement. 
Jacqui Smith: This Department is not currently planning to inspect local councils for compliance with the XNo Secrets" guidance. We have commissioned the Centre for Policy on Ageing to undertake an analysis of all local council multi-agency codes of practice. Once the results of this work are made available a decision will be made on the need to follow up the XNo Secrets" guidance.
At present there are no plans to include a specific adult protection indicator in the Personal Social Services Performance Assessment Framework. There are however several existing indicators of relevance to adult protection (for example emergency admissions, avoidable harm from falls and hypothermia, clients receiving reviews and inspections of residential care). A decision on including a specific adult protection indicator will be made once the Centre for Policy on Ageing have concluded their analysis.
We are investing in medicines management services including through the collaborative hosted by the National Prescribing Centre. This initiative will build on and complement other local initiatives through which community pharmacists are involved in reviewing the medication of older people, as promoted in the NSF.
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from the Minister of State, Department of Health, the hon. Member for Redditch (Jacqui Smith), following representations regarding the failure to pass on the free nursing care payments to residents. 
Jacqui Smith: I wrote to four national care home providers about their fees and charging structures in the light of the introduction of National Health Service funded nursing care following the receipt of correspondence from concerned individuals. As a result of the responses received, on 11 March I announced my intention to issue a national model contract; to amend regulation 5 of the Care Home Regulations; and to ask the National Care Standards Commission to ensure that the minimum standard relating to contracts was enforced.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are in place to prevent (a) financial, (b) sexual, (c) physical and (d) mental abuse against older people in home care settings. 
Jacqui Smith: Statutory guidance on the prevention of elder abuse, XNo Secrets", was issued on 20 March 2000 to councils with social services responsibilities. This required the implementation of local multi-agency codes of practice by 31 October 2001.
The National Care Standards Commission will take account of National Minimum Standards for domiciliary care agencies in deciding whether agencies comply with the forthcoming Domiciliary Care Agencies Regulations. The prevention of financial, sexual, physical and mental abuse in the home care setting will be an essential part of the National Minimum Standards.
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