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Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will list those organisations (a) within and (b) without the UK that will receive information under Commission Decision 2002/253/EC; 
Ms Blears: Commission Decision 2002/253/EC merely establishes the case definitions to be used to compare national surveillance data from the member states. It does not establish systems for collecting or disseminating information.
Ms Blears: The criteria for selection of disease or special areas to be covered by epidemiological surveillance within the European network for communicable diseases surveillance and control are laid down in annexe II of the Commission Decision of 22 December 1999, supported by all the member states on the diseases to be covered by the community network.
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Decision 2002/253/EC fulfilled the requirement of Article 3(c) of Decision 2119/98/EC setting up the Community network to determine case definitions.
Ms Blears: Data for some of the diseases listed in Commission Decision 2002/253/EC establishing case definitions are already covered by disease specific surveillance networks which publish their analyses. A generic system to compare routine data on other diseases has not yet been established.
Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has (a) received and (b) called for, with respect to Commission Decision 2002/253/EC, from civil rights organisations; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: We are looking to introduce reforms to the national health service complaints system from 2002. As part of the reform process, we are considering how complaints can promote learning to help reduce risk to future patients and in this way improve quality of care and patient safety where relevant. We are also exploring how appropriate links can be made between complaints and the work of the national patient safety agency.
Ms Blears: National health service summarised accounts are prepared to comply with accounting standards, United Kingdom Government accounting and procedures, resource accounting manual and Companies Acts. There are no changes planned to these standards and regulations that will affect the disclosure of clinical negligence liabilities in NHS accounts.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Glasgow, Baillieston (Mr. Wray) of 25 February 2002, Official Report, column 963W, on organ donation, when the consultation paper on the review of the law governing the taking, removal and use of human tissue will be published. 
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Ms Blears: 29 national health service trusts in England have specialist heart units, undertaking heart operations. A further specialist centre is being built in Wolverhampton, which will come into service in 2003. Eight existing centres are being modernised and expanded, at a cost of £170 million, providing 12 additional cardiac operating theatres and 380 extra beds in some of the areas with the highest rates of heart disease.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has gone into research of drugs to aid in the treatment of heart failure; and which of these drugs have become available since 1997. 
Ms Blears: Pharmaceutical companies fund the large majority of research into new drugs. Information on their research for drugs to aid the treatment of heart failure is not collected by the Department.
No drugs are licensed solely for the treatment of heart failure. A range of drugs originally developed for the treatment of coronary heart disease and hypertension have been found to be beneficial in the treatment of heart failure. The evidence for new indications usually arises over a period of time as research emerges from different trials.
Ms Blears: Since 1997 we have made coronary heart disease, the commonest cause of heart failure in this country, a major focus of health policy. Prevention, treatment and care are addressed in "Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation" (June 1999), The national service framework (NSF) for coronary heart disease (March
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2000) and the NHS Plan (July 2000). The NSF establishes the standard of care the national health service will provide for patients with heart failure and outlines the strategy to tackle this over the next 10 years. Chapter six of the NSF sets out how the NHS and others can help people with heart failure live longer and achieve a better quality of life.
Ms Blears: There is no formal Department recommendation on the number of linear accelerator treatment machines which serve each million population. The Department is aware of the advice given by the Royal College of Radiologists that four linear accelerator treatment machines should serve each million population. Following two central initiatives, this target is expected to be achieved by 2004.
Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS health authorities provide treatment through linear accelerators; how many linear accelerators are operational within those trusts; and how old each linear accelerator is. 
Ms Blears: All strategic health authorities commission radiotherapy services for patients at radiotherapy centres, which may be located within its boundaries. The following health authorities provided radiotherapy treatment using linear accelerators (linacs) at the trusts indicated at January 2001.
From a survey carried out in 2001 155 linacs were identified to be operational in the national health service. The commissioning dates for each linac is published at www.canceruk.net. Since that survey it is estimated that 47 new machines have been delivered by central initiatives alone. Information concerning the numbers and ages of such machines in Wales is also available at the same web address.
|Health authority||Radiotherapy centre||Number of operational linacs|
|Norfolk||Norfolk and Norwich university hospital NHST||3|
|North Essex||Essex rivers health care NHST||2|
|South Essex||Southend hospital NHST||2|
|Suffolk||Ipswich hospital NHST||2|
|Hertfordshire||West Hertfordshire hospitals NHST||4|
|Barking and Havering||Barking Havering and Redbridge hospitals NHST||2|
|Barnet Enfield and Haringey||North Middlesex university hospital NHST||2|
|Camden and Islington(90)||Royal Free Hampstead NHST University College London hospitals NHST||2 5|
|Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow||Hammersmith hospitals NHST||5|
|East London and the City||Barts and the London NHST||4|
|Kensington Chelsea and Westminster||Royal Marsden NHST||8|
|Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham||Guys and St. Thomas' hospital trust||3|
|Manchester||Christie's hospital NHST||8|
|North West Lancashire||Preston Acute hospitals NHST||3|
|Wirral||Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHST||7|
|East Riding and Hull||Hull and East Yorkshire hospitals NHST||1|
|Leeds||Leeds Teaching hospitals NHST||7|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||The Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals NHST||6|
|North Cumbria||North Cumbria Acute hospitals NHST||1|
|Tees||South Tees hospitals NHST||4|
|Berkshire||Royal Berks and Battle hospitals NHST||2|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||Brighton health care NHST||2|
|Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||Portsmouth health care NHST||2|
|Northamptonshire||Northampton general hospital NHST||2|
|Oxfordshire||Oxford Radcliffe hospitals NHST||4|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||Southampton university hospitals NHST||3|
|West Kent||Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHST||5|
|West Surrey||Royal Surrey county hospital NHST||4|
|Avon(90)||United Bristol health care NHST Royal United hospital Bath NHST||5 2|
|Cornwall and Isle of Scilly||Royal Cornwall hospitals trust||0|
|Dorset||Poole hospitals NHST||3|
|Gloucestershire||Gloucestershire hospitals NHST||3|
|North and East Devon||Royal Devon and Exeter health care NHST||2|
|South and West Devon(90)||Plymouth hospitals NHST South Devon health care NHST||3 1|
|Leicestershire||University hospitals of Leicester NHST||3|
|Lincolnshire||United Lincolnshire hospitals NHST||2|
|Nottingham||Nottingham City hospital NHST||3|
|Sheffield||Sheffield Teaching hospitals NHST||4|
|Southern Derbyshire||Southern Derbyshire Acute hospitals NHST||2|
|Birmingham||University hospital Birmingham NHST||5|
|Coventry||University hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHST||3|
|North Staffordshire||North Staffordshire hospital NHST||2|
|Shropshire||Royal Shrewsbury hospitals NHST||1|
|Wolverhampton||The Royal Wolverhampton hospitals NHST||2|
(90) X 2 radiotherapy centres
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Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the recommended replacement age of linear accelerators is; and how old each linear accelerator in service within each NHS health authority that provide radiotherapy treatment is. 
The age of each linac in service following a survey carried out in 2001 is published at www.canceruk.net This lists each linear accelerator in use along with the dates when each machine was commissioned.
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