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Ms Blears: The recommendations in the Changing Habits report were very much in line with the Government's drugs policy and were therefore accepted. In fact, work on the areas highlighted in the report had been either undertaken prior to the publication of the report or was in the process of being developed.
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the commitments in the White Paper 'Valuing People', published in March 2001, with particular reference to (a) the Learning Disability and Development Fund, (b) the Implementation Support Fund, (c) the Quality Protects programme, (d) the Schools Access Initiative, (e) the Standards Fund, (f) funds invested in the development of advocacy services for people with learning disabilities, and (g) the development of a national learning disability information centre and helpline. 
Jacqui Smith: I reported progress to the House on 1 February, Official Report, column. 535 and on 26 September in my reply to the hon. Member for Daventry, Official Report, column 391W. The Learning Disability Task Force, which monitors and supports implementation of the Valuing People programme, expects to publish its first annual report in January. I will be responding to that report when I publish my own report on learning disability services shortly afterwards. My report will give a full account of progress made with the delivery of Valuing People.
The Reforming Emergency Care Strategy, launched in October 2001, introduced a new streaming system so that patients with minor injuries or illness are separated from those with more serious problems. #40 million was invested to recruit 600 additional A and E nurses to help deliver streaming in A and E departments.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the additional accident and emergency nurses announced by his Department on 23 October 2001 have been recruited; and where they are located. 
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|Number of these nurses in post by 30 November||Number of these nurses appointed but not yet in post by 30 November|
|DHSC||StHA||Whole time equivalent|
|Y22||Midland and Eastern||159.22||14|
|Y21||Q04||North West London StHA||45||4|
|Y21||Q05||North Central London StHA||25||1|
|Y21||Q06||North East London StHA||35.4||1|
|Y21||Q07||South East London StHA||32.5||5|
|Y21||Q08||South West London StHA||17||1|
|Y22||Q25||Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland StHA||14.06||0|
|Y22||Q26||Shropshire and Staffordshire StHA||9.8||1|
|Y22||Q27||Birmingham and the Black Country StHA||37||0|
|Y22||Q28||Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire StHA||16||0|
|Y22||Q01||Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire StHA||10||3|
|Y22||Q02||Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire StHA||27.82||5|
|Y23||Q09||Northumberland, Tyne and Wear StHA||15.9||1.5|
|Y23||Q10||County Durham and Tees Valley StHA||19||22.65|
|Y23||Q11||North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire StHA||12||0|
|Y23||Q12||West Yorkshire StHA||33.2||1.2|
|Y23||Q13||Cumbria and Lancashire StHA||26||0|
|Y23||Q14||Greater Manchester StHA||34.75||0|
|Y23||Q15||Cheshire and Merseyside StHA||40.4||5|
|Y23||Q23||South Yorkshire StHA||13.55||0|
|Y24||Q16||Thames Valley StHA||21.5||0|
|Y24||Q17||Hampshire and Isle of Wight StHA||25.69||2|
|Y24||Q18||Kent and Medway StHA||13||0|
|Y24||Q19||Surrey and Sussex StHA||58.29||1.6|
|Y24||Q20||Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire StHA||36.85||0|
|Y24||Q21||South West Peninsula StHA||8.6||1|
|Y24||Q22||Somerset and Dorset StHA||6.5||3|
Mr. Lammy: The Reforming Emergency Care Strategy launched in October 2001, introduced a new streaming system in accident and emergency (A&E) departments so that patients with minor injuries or illness are separated from those with more serious problems. Each stream is seen in parallel by staff dedicated to that stream.
Streaming patients ensures that patients with minor conditions do not wait disproportionate lengths of time whilst safeguarding immediate treatment for the more seriously ill or injured. #40 million was invested to recruit 600 additional A&E nurses to help deliver streaming in A&E departments.
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Mr. Lammy: The Reforming Emergency Care Strategy was launched in October 2001. It states that an additional 183 accident and emergency (A&E) consultants will be recruited by 2004, an increase of 40 per cent., as part of the planned expansion of consultant numbers in the NHS Plan.
Current workforce projections suggest that by March 2004, there may be sufficient trained specialists to increase numbers in A&E by around 190 over a 2,000 baseline. This takes account of expected numbers of additional recruits and numbers leaving due to retirement.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaning contractors have lost their contracts as a result of non-performance in acute hospitals in each of the past three years. 
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National Health Service trusts for poor performance in each of the past three years are as follows:
In 2001two contracts terminated
In 2002six contracts terminated
Ms Blears: The Medicines Control Agency (MCA) and Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) launched a new electronic yellow card on the 31 October 2002. To date the MCA and CSM have received four reports of suspected adverse drug reactions submitted by nurses using the electronic yellow card. Three electronic reports were received from nurses during November and one report was received during December, out of a total of 29 electronic reports.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it the policy of the Government that access to the NHS ambulance service should be available to patients travelling to private hospitals when referred by NHS GPs; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy [holding answer 17 December 2002]: National health service ambulance services are available to patients travelling to private hospitals when they are receiving NHS treatment at that hospital or if they are receiving treatment at a private hospital within the trust's normal catchment area.
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London Ambulance Trust21 January 2002, 25 June 2002 and 4 September 2002.
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