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Ms Blears: Specialist cancer care for children is concentrated in a national network of paediatric oncology centres, under the umbrella of the United Kingdom children's cancer study group (UKCCSG). There are 16 National Health Service paediatric oncology centres in England. These are:
Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester
Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle
Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield
Birmingham Children's Hospital, Birmingham
Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
St Bartholomews & The Royal London NHS Trust, London
Great Ormond Street, London
University College, London
The Royal Marsden, Surrey
John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol
Southampton General Hospital, Southampton
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investigations and treatment, nearer to the child's home. This reduces travelling and disruption to families, without compromising quality of care or outcome and provides support to the paediatric oncology centres. The Department does not hold details of this type of unit.
The Cancer Plan set out the Government's commitment that an extra £570 million would be made available for cancer services by 20034. The Department does not collect figures on the cost of services provided by the NHS in a way that enables an accurate estimate of funding for paediatric oncology to be calculated.
Mr. Lammy: The older people's national service framework (NSF), which was developed with input from front-line staff and patients and published in March 2001, describes how the use of medicines for and by older people can be improved. The aim is to ensure that older people:
Opiates are liable to abuse and diversion. They are subject to the controls required by the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 1985. Some painkillers, for example diamorphine, are classified as schedule 2 controlled drugs. Accordingly there are strict controls over prescription, requisition, storage and supply.
The general principles for the safe and secure handling of medicines are covered, for primary and secondary care, by the Department's controls assurance standard. The systems for clinical and cost effective use of medicines are covered by the Department's medicines management performance management framework.
it will broaden the number of clinical staff required to report the occurrence of infectious diseases;
it will place a duty of care on all microbiology laboratories to report for public health surveillance purposes; and
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Ms Blears: I am advised by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals National Health Service Trust that the budget for the Royal Alexandra Hospital for 200203 is £9.69 million. The breakdown of funding is as follows:
£3.42 million, paediatric surgery,
£1 million to neonatology at the hospital, plus a further £1.8 million allocated to the Trevor Mann Baby Unit at the Royal Sussex County Hospital,
£0.64 million, paediatric intensive care,
£0.4 million, dentistry,
£0.36 million, clinical support.
Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on nursing and medical staff vacancies at The Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital, Brighton; and what measures are being taken by his Department to fill them; 
Ms Blears: I am advised by Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority that Royal Alexandra hospital, part of Brighton and Sussex University Hospital's National Health Service Trust, currently has a vacancy rate of 11 per cent.. Of staff working specifically in oncology, the vacancy rate is currently 17 per cent.
Recruitment to staff vacancies is undertaken locally, building on the Government's national recruitment campaign and other initiatives to improve recruitment and retention. Local recruitment measures include advertisements in the professional nursing press targeted at paediatric specialist staff. Furthermore, extra places in the staff creche are soon to come on stream, increased rates of pay for bank nurses are being examined and more flexible working patterns are being introduced. Additionally, the Royal Alexandra hospital is due to run a recruitment fair on 5 December.
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of (a) colour photographs and (b) other illustrations to depict and explain the health consequences of smoking, in accordance with the procedure laid down in Article 10 (2) of the EU Tobacco Directive. 
Ms Blears: Article 11 of the European Union Directive on the manufacture, presentation and sale of tobacco products requires the European Commission to adopt rules concerning the use of pictorial health warnings on tobacco products by 31 December 2002. The Department is working with the European Commission to develop the use of these warnings.
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Ms Blears: In the Chief Medical Officer's (CMO's) recent report, XGetting Ahead of the Curve", tuberculosis was identified as a key infectious disease problem requiring intensified control measures to reduce illness and death.
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