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"There is very little evidence that immunity to measles, mumps, or rubella vaccines wanes with time. It is known that children will remain immune for at least 27 years against measles, 18 years against rubella and 14 years against mumpsin other words for the amount of time that the vaccines have been available. Even if individuals are not fully protected, the immune system will have some memory and be able to respond more quickly in the immunised than in those who have not been immunised. Immunised children with low levels of antibodies are likely to have a modified, less serious, illness. Long-term studies on the duration of protection are continuing."
Miss Melanie Johnson:
The information is in the public domain and available on the Health Protection Agency's website at www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/mumps/data_reg_age.htm.
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Mr. Hutton: The national programme for information technology (NPfIT) will over the next nine years, revolutionise the way health information is accessed and shared in the national health service. The NPfIT focuses on the developments that will make a significant difference to improving the patient experience and the delivery of treatment, care and services. It will connect more than 30,000 general practitioners and 270 acute, community and mental health NHS trusts in a single, secure national system, providing doctors and nurses with the right information in the right place at the right time, and allow patients much greater choice in how and where they receive their care. NPfTT is a key component of delivering the vision of a truly modern and patient-centred NHS.
NPfIT has four key deliverables: electronic appointment booking, an electronic care records service, electronic transfer of prescriptions and an underpinning IT infrastructure with sufficient connectivity and broadband capacity to support the critical national applications and local systems.
Under the NPfIT, an incremental approach is being adopted to building up any new applications or systems. This approach is intended to ensure that implementation is achievable and minimises disruption to the day-to-day business of the NHS. As a consequence the NPfTPs strategy underlines the importance of making best use of the existing asset base. NHS users, including general practitioners, will not be expected to change clinical systems while their current systems are compliant with the NHS care record service and continue to serve them well. We have repeatedly made it clear, in particular when speaking with general practitioners, and in written guidance, that practices may continue to use existing systems subject to their remaining compliant, and being able to deliver the required functionality, until the national programme's local service provider (LSP) is able to implement a viable alternative system. LSPs are required to provide a choice of GP system as part of their service offering.
The NPfIT was planned and is being delivered, within expenditure assumptions set in line with the recommendations of the 2002 Wanless Report 'Securing our Future Health'. Wanless anticipated an increase in the level of spending on NHS information and communications technology, rising to around 4 per cent. of the total NHS budget on NHS IT in general by
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2008. The Government is committed to seeing this target, which extends beyond just the NPfTT national clinical systems, achieved. The costs of the procurement contracts let for the programme's four core components amount to £6.2 billion over 10 years. This figure relate to contractual commitments and covers ongoing funding of core deliverables and the connection of existing systems to national applications from central budgets. It does not include costs of training NHS staff or local change management costs, which will be borne by individual NHS organisations. Future funding to the NHS, determined by the next and future expenditure settlements, is expected to support trusts in meeting and sustaining the 4 per cent. target.
Judy Mallaber: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cleaners, as distinct from other ancillary staff, are employed by (a) the NHS and (b) private contractors providing services to the NHS. 
Mr. Hutton: The latest available figure for staff who undertake cleaning in the national health service is 55,000 for 200304. This figure represents the headcount of both directly employed and contracted out cleaning staff. It excludes managers, administrative and supervisory staff who do not physically carry out cleaning functions.
|Planned total net NHS expenditure(34)|
The following table sets out a summary of the total number of nursing students, by age, who have received a national health service bursary from 1 September 2000.
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|Less than 21||5,804||6,320||7,908||11,009||13,245|
|More than 60||1||2||3||2||2|
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made in using patients diagnosed with particular conditions as a bank of advice and counselling for those recently diagnosed with the same condition. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Approximately 17,000 people with long-term conditions have participated in 1,312 self management training courses delivered by 803 volunteer tutors with long term conditions who have been trained to deliver the Experts Patients Programme.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The informed patient project is a three-year initiative that is funded centrally and is in its second year. The budget allocation for 200405 was £2,127,000 and detailed allocation of future resources have still to be finalised. Informed patient project activities will form part of the forthcoming information for choice strategy, due for publication later this month, which is a three year programme of national and local actions to help people make more informed choices about their health and healthcare.
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