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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reclassification of NHS occupational code definitions for managers at Watford general hospital; and if he will list other (a) hospitals and (b) NHS hospital trusts where the same reclassification has taken place. 
Dr. Ladyman: The non-medical workforce census is an annual census, which collects all non-medical staff directly employed by the national health service as at 30 September each year. Data are collected at NHS trust and primary care trust level in England.
The census includes the number of administrative managers and senior managers employed in the NHS. These and other staff are classified using a three-digit occupation code, using guidance contained in the occupation code manual.
In order to provide accurate information, organisations periodically review the codes assigned to their staff. West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which includes Watford general hospital, conducted reviews in 2001 and 2002. While the census can identify where year-on-year changes have been made, we cannot accurately identify all the changes that are due to reclassification rather than staff movements.
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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Human Tissue Act, passed in November 2004, prevents the live donation of organs other than in accordance with regulations to be made by the Secretary of State. It is intended that regulations allow donation to persons unknown to the donor, subject to the scrutiny and approval by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). It will be a matter for the HTA to prepare guidance on the necessary procedures to be followed. These regulations and guidance will be subject to consultation and parliamentary scrutiny.
Mr. Hutton: It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission services in order to meet the needs of their local population, taking into account evidence for the safety and effectiveness of the treatment, and the availability of properly qualified and regulated practitioners. The profession of osteopathy is regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. Information on the detail of services commissioned by PCTs is not centrally collected.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how he measures patient throughput in hospitals; and what the level of patient throughput has been in each year since 1991, broken down as in Table 3.9.2 of the Department's response to the Health Select Committee's 2004 public expenditure questionnaire. 
|All specialties (excluding day only)||General|
|Mental illness||Learning disability||Maternity||Day only|
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the total number of people means-tested for their personal care in January 2004 (a) who are now receiving free NHS continuing care and (b) who will receive free NHS continuing care in each of the next five years. 
Mr. Hutton: Detailed information on the projected cost of private finance initiative health contracts signed to date has been placed in the Library. This information is only held centrally for projects with a capital value of £10 million or greater.
Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of existing arrangements for product recall following the discovery of counterfeit pharmaceutical products in the supply chain. 
The existing arrangements for product recalls are used on a regular basis for recalls and product safety notifications. In 2004, two suspected counterfeit products in the supply chain were recalled using the existing arrangements which operated effectively.
Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions his Department has had with representatives of parallel importers of pharmaceutical products on how repackaging carried out by them may impact on the ability to recall products. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Site inspections of parallel importers are regularly conducted by good manufacturing practice inspectors to ensure they have
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adequate systems for repacking medicines. Site inspections examine batch records, traceability and recall systems.
If a site has not recently been involved in a recall, the inspector may ask the site to carry out a dummy recall to ensure suitable systems are available, in accordance with the European Commission's guide to good manufacturing practice.
Dr. Ladyman: Information about the number of community pharmacies by constituency is not collected centrally. However, data are available and published by primary care trust (PCT). Leicester, South is served by Leicester City West PCT and Eastern Leicester PCT.
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