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Miss Melanie Johnson: An assessment of the economic impact of the Food Supplements Regulations was made in the regulatory impact assessment, which was published with the national regulations implementing this directive. This included an assessment of the impact on small businesses.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has offered to assist the industry, including small businesses, by providing technical advice on preparation of the safety dossiers that are needed for any unlisted ingredients to remain on the market. The agency has also published an up to date list of ingredients where dossiers have been submitted to the United Kingdom and other member states to ensure that dossiers are not produced unnecessarily. I have also encouraged companies to work together with respect to producing dossiers to reduce the burden on industry.
Miss Melanie Johnson: As part of the Tees Health Review, involving the independent advice of Professor Sir Ara Darzi, it was agreed that Professor Darzi would examine two additional areas to his original terms of reference. One of these areas was the work under way by the Hambleton and Richmondshire Primary Care Trust and South Tees Hospitals National Health Service Trust in relation to the Friarage Hospital.
Professor Darzi will submit his report later this year. No decision regarding the future of the Friarage Hospital has been made. Any proposals which concern changes to current services will be subject to a formal period of consultation.
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The drop in registrations between September 1997 and September 1998 is mostly attributable to the reduction in the re-registration period from two years to 15 months. The figures exclude patients treated in dental access centres (DACs) who are not registered. In 2004, there were some 375,000 episodes of treatment in the 48 DACs then in operation in England.
Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 18 March 2005]: The reference costs data provides unit cost information for a variety of procedures, treatments and services undertaken by the national health service in England for a given financial year. However, the costs of treating methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus" and pressure sores cannot be separately identified from the information collected centrally.
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to (a) encourage major employers to purchase antivirals for their employees and (b) encourage training of professionals to deal with an influenza pandemic. 
Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding is allocated to the communications strategy in the UK influenza pandemic community plan; and if he will make a statement on the role of the media in that strategy. 
The media will be a crucial mechanism for ensuring our key messages reach the full range of audiences during a flu pandemic. A communications strategy was published as an annex to the United Kingdom influenza pandemic contingency plan, which is available in the Library and can be found on the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/pandemicflu.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the documents known as sleeping scripts, for the purpose of advising patients in the event of an influenza pandemic, to which reference is made on page 46 of the UK Influenza Pandemic Plan, to be published by NHS 24 and NHS Direct; and how frequently these scripts will be reviewed. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The sleeping scripts have been developed by national health service clinicians with input from experts at the Health Protection Agency (HPA). They have been available within NHS Direct since November 2004 and were made available to NHS24 in early 2005. All sleeping scripts are automatically reviewed on an annual basis and changes can be made immediately should any new evidence/information become apparent in the period between reviews. In the event of a pandemic, the joint HPA/NHS project group would review and amend the scripts as often as required by the Department, to ensure that updated information was incorporated.
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