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Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons financial support is not provided to women widowed through the infection of their husbands with hepatitis C from contaminated blood products prescribed for them by the NHS. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Unlike the Macfarlane and Eileen Trusts, which administer schemes for those infected with HIV, the ex gratia payment scheme for those infected with hepatitis C as a result of national health service treatment with blood or blood products, known as the Skipton Fund, is not a charitable trust.
The Skipton Fund has been designed to make lump sum, ex gratia payments to those living with the hepatitis C virus and has not been designed to compensate for bereavement. For these reasons it is distinct from the HIV payment schemes.
Miss Melanie Johnson: Virtually all deaths from deep vein thrombosis occur as a result of a pulmonary embolism and most pulmonary embolisms arise from deep vein thrombosis in the leg. However, the precise description of this sequence of events leading to death, as provided on the death certificate, affects whether the death is coded as pulmonary embolism or thrombosis. Therefore, a figure combining the two causes is shown in the table.
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Dr. Ladyman: The figures on waiting times for digital hearing aids are not collected centrally. It is for primary care trusts to ensure their local population benefits from modernised hearing aid services.
We would expect anyone who is re-selling disability equipment whether on the internet or not, to take their liabilities into account and their duty to the public to ensure that the re-sold equipment is fit for purpose, decontaminated and ideally has a full service history.
Mr. Byrne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered drug addicts per head of population there are in (a) Birmingham, (b) Bristol, (c) Leeds, (d) Liverpool, (e) Manchester, (f) Newcastle, (g) Nottingham and (h) Sheffield. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: There is no requirement on drug misusers to register their addiction. The number per thousand population in contact with structured treatment during 200304, the most recent year for which figures are available, was:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 4 March, Official Report, column 1467W, on drug rehabilitation, what measures
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he is taking to encourage community drug services' treatment protocols to reflect the advice on alternatives to methadone substitution therapy. 
These documents promote the use of medication in the context of a package of care and advise on detoxification and availability of a range of psychological interventions and pathways to rehabilitation and recovery.
The Department continues to fund the Royal College of General Practitioners, which provides training to doctors, nurses and pharmacists on the range of drug treatment options including substitution medication and psychological interventions.
Miss Melanie Johnson: Within the Lancashire Drug Action Team (DAT) area, there are a number of substance misuse services providing treatment in line with National Treatment Agency models of care and the drug interventions programme, the levels of intervention continue to evolve to meet the needs of the individual.
Average national waiting times for drug treatment in England have fallen, from an average of 9.1 weeks in December 2001, to 2.5 weeks in June 2004. Lancashire DAT reported an average waiting time of 3.75 weeks in December 2004.
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Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department and the Home Office have combined the funding provided for drug treatment. Known as the 'pooled treatment budget', this money is allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country. This budget will increase from £142 million in 200102 to £478 million in 200708.
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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was provided for each drug action and rehabilitation team in the latest year for which funding is available (a) per team member and (b) per user. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department and the Home Office have combined the funding provided for drug treatment. Known as the 'pooled treatment budget' this money is allocated to the 149 drug action teams (DATs) across the country. This budget is increasing from £142 million in 200102, to £478 million in 200708. The pooled treatment budget allocation for 200405 is £253 million.
Mr. Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have received (a) treatment and (b) assistance from West Leeds community drug service since it was set up; and if he will estimate how many lives the service has saved. 
Treatment data from national drug treatment monitoring system are presented for each drug action team (DAT) area. The total number of individuals in contact with structured drug treatment services in the whole Leeds DAT partnership area for 200304 was 24,530.
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