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|Trent region||£ million|
|Initial capital planning total||139|
|Local capital modernisation fund (LCMF)||9|
|Coronary heart disease (CHD)||27|
|Nightingale ward replacements||5|
|Total allocated (to date) for 200203||191|
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Jacqui Smith: We published the "National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England" for public consultation on 26 April 2002. It is a comprehensive, evidence-based strategy to prevent suicide. The strategy describes key actions already taken, and proposes further actions to be taken, to help meet the target set out in the White Paper "Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation". A copy of the consultation document has been placed in the Library.
The Copyright (Visually Impaired Persons) Bill will remove the need to obtain copyright clearance for each book that is to be converted to Braille for visually impaired people by an educational establishment or not- for-profit body, except where the book is already commercially available in Braille. Obtaining this copyright clearance quite frequently takes six months or longer.
Ms Blears: We have put in place major cross- Government programmes of work to prevent coronary heart disease by ensuring that children have access to a healthy diet, have opportunities to be physically active
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and are aware of the dangers of smoking. This includes investment from the new opportunities fund for a physical education and sports programme, a national school fruit scheme and a new initiative called Smokescreen to reduce smoking among teenagers. The Department is also developing a document on the health benefits of exercise which will aim to influence policy making and raise awareness about the importance of physical activity among primary care and local authorities.
In due course the children's national service framework (NSF) will produce national standards across the national health service and social services for children. However, its scope has yet to be finalised and it is too early in the development of the NSF to advise what guidance may be made available to general practitioners.
In addition, the paediatric and congenital cardiac services review group has been established to consider the recommendations from the Kennedy report that specifically relate to health care services and treatment for children with congenital heart disease. The group has also been asked to recommend quality standards for paediatric and congenital cardiac services. The review group will report in 2002.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2002, Official Report, column 305W, on hospital discharges, when his Department expects to complete its consultations on the penalty system for social services departments; 
(2) pursuant to the answer of 21 May 2002, Official Report, column 305W, on hospital discharges, what (a) representations he has received and (b) estimates he has made about the early discharge of patients from hospital. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 12 June 2002]: The specific information requested is not collected centrally. However, as a result of the Budget, the national health service in England will receive an annual average real terms growth in resources of 7.4 per cent. for the five years from 200304 to 200708. Decisions about allocation of this increased funding will be announced later this year.
Ms Blears [holding answer 12 June 2002]: The NHS Plan sets out a comprehensive programme of action to tackle the risk factors for chronic diseases, including stroke, and tackle health inequalities. This includes a five-a-day programme to increase access to, and
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consumption of fruit and vegetables, work with industry to improve the overall balance of diet, including salt, sugar and fat in food, and world leading smoking cessation services. Local strategies on promoting healthy eating and physical activity, reducing smoking, and reducing overweight and obesity are already being developed as part of the national service framework for coronary heart disease. The national service framework for older people makes clear that these activities should take into account both differences in lifestyle and the impact of cultural beliefs.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 200203 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures were for 200102; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hutton: The final accounts for national health service trusts, health authorities, primary care trusts and primary care groups have yet to be collected for 200102, but the current estimate of the hospital and community health services pay bill in 200102 is £22.7 billion (46 per cent. of the overall NHS planned net expenditure).
The overall cost of the 200203 pay award is 4 per cent., but it is not yet possible to estimate the full cost of staff costs as a proportion of overall expenditure because the costs of pay drift, increase in staff numbers and other additional costs are not yet available.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what formal procedures are available for patients who wish to record a complaint about the quality of care and treatment they have received in hospital. 
Mr. Lammy: Patients, or someone on their behalf with their consent, can complain about the service or treatment they have received from the NHS using the NHS complaints procedure. The health service ombudsman can investigate complaints where the NHS complaints procedure has not successfully resolved the complainants concerns.
Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions Ministers in his Department have had with representatives of the (a) Medical Protection Society, (b) Patient Information Advisory Group, (c) Medical Defence Union and (d) GPC regarding patient confidentiality in the last two months. 
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