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Ms Blears: The Food Standards Agency (FSA), which has responsibility for food safety matters, advises me that a public health risk assessment has not been made in respect of illegal import of bush meat into the United Kingdom. The FSA has advised local authorities, which are responsible for enforcement of imported food and food safety legislation, that all illegally imported food products, including bush meat, should be removed from the human food chain. As illegal imports, these products have evaded official controls, either in the country of origin, or at the port of entry, designed to verify compliance with food safety standards, and as such, cannot be legally valid in the UK. The FSA is also working closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Her Majesty's Customs and Excise to assist in the targeting of enforcement work to detect illegal imports.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has conducted into whether there have been outbreaks of diseases in the UK that can be traced back to have resulted from the illegal importation of bush meat from Africa. 
Ms Blears: The United Kingdom public health bodies involved in the investigation of outbreaks of infectious intestinal disease have not traced any outbreaks of human disease in the UK to the illegal importation of bush meat. Studies of the routes of transmission of a range of food-borne bacteria have not shown bush meat consumption to be a vehicle of infection.
Mr. Hutton: The remuneration of national health service child care co-ordinators is a matter for local determination. Guidance issued by the Department of Health in 2001 recommended a starting salary in line with General Whitley Council pay scales for administrative and clerical staff (Grade 6/7, Spring Point 2432). In 200203, this equates to £19,592 to £27,887 per annum.
Mr. Lammy: I know that the outcome of the Chief Medical Officer's review of clinical negligence is eagerly awaited. Professor Sir Liam Donaldson has reviewed a wide range of options to tackle the complex issues involved in improving the present system for handling clinical negligence claims; these are under consideration by Ministers. We hope to publish our proposals for reform soon.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to PCTs about prescribing drug eluting stents for the management of coronary heart disease; and what assessment he has made of the benefits of drug eluting stents for the management of coronary heart disease. 
Ms Blears: Primary care trusts, as local commissioners of services, decide in consultation with local acute trusts and clinicians what services and treatment to provide for their local population. Drug eluting stents were referred to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence on 20 May 2002 for technology appraisal. Guidance on this device and its deployment is expected to be published in August this year. During this interim period, the national health service has standing guidance that it should make local decisions about whether to fund a particular intervention on the basis of the available published information.
Mr. Lammy : A systematic retinopathy screening programme was one of two specific national targets published as part of the diabetes national service framework delivery strategy on 9 January 2003. It states that, by 2006, a minimum of 80 per cent. of people with diabetes are to be offered screening for the early detection and treatment, if needed, of diabetic retinopathy as part of a systematic programme that meets national standards, rising to 100 per cent. coverage of those at risk of retinopathy by the end of 2007.
Mr. Lammy: These are Chelsea and Westminster national health service trust, Wirral hospital NHS trust, Burton hospitals NHS trust, north Hampshire NHS trust and the Royal Cornwall hospitals NHS trust.
The Department's policy with all procurements is to obtain value for money through competitive tendering ensuring fair and open competition. Existing procedures already allow consideration of a wide range of criteria in
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the evaluation of tenders within the framework of the Government's value for money policies and the European Community procurement rules.
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust
Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust
Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust
East Cheshire NHS Trust
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust
Guy's and St. Thomas' Hospital NHS Trust
Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust
King's College Hospital NHS Trust
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust
Papworth Hospital NHS Trust
Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust
Rotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Devon and Exeter Health Care NHS Trust
Royal Marsden NHS Trust
Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospital Services NHS Trust
Stockport NHS Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Trust
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust
Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust
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|Strategic health authority name
|All practitioners(10) per 100,000 population
|Cheshire and Merseyside
|County Durham and Tees Valley
|Cumbria and Lancashire
|North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
|Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
|Birmingham and the Black Country
|Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire
|Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland
|Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire
|Shropshire and Staffordshire
|North Central London
|North East London
|North West London
|South East London
|South West London
|Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight
|Kent and Medway
|Dorset and Somerset
|South West Peninsula
|Surrey and Sussex
(10) All practitioners includes: UPEs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, GP retainers, salaried doctors (para 52 SFA) and PMS others.
Population rates based on 2001 resident estimates.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
ONS 2001 Population Census.