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Mr. Byrne: The neonatal intensive care review group was an expert group convened by the Department. Its findings were the subject of a consultation, which ended in July 2003. While there are no plans to publish a response to that consultation exercise, we have incorporated many of the lessons learned from it into the national service framework for children, young people and maternity services, published last year.
Mr. Byrne: The occupancy rates in neonatal and children's beds were 59.7 per cent. in 200102, 59.6 per cent. in 200203 and 61.3 per cent. in 200304. For beds in neonatal intensive care wards the occupancy rates were 70.5 per cent. in 200102, 69.7 per cent. in 200203 and 72.7 per cent. in 200304. We do not yet have any figures for 200405.
Department of Health KH03 returns
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not held centrally. However, the pay ranges for administrative and clerical staff, jointly working in national health service trusts in Hertfordshire, are shown in the table.
|Average annualised actual||Average full time annualised(56)||Lower quartile(57)||Upper quartile(57)|
In 200506, national health service nurses are subject to the last year of a three-year pay deal. The nurses and other health professions review body will review the pay rates of nurses for 200607 in due course. There are no plans at present to review the standard
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working week of 37.5 hours per week excluding meal breaks established by the Agenda for Change" agreement in November 2004.
Mr. Byrne: The Department does not collect information on care home fees. However, for-profit nursing home fees between March 2000 and March 2004, from Laing and Buisson's Care of Elderly People Market Survey 2004", are shown in the tables.
Private sector nursing homes are free to set their own prices. Price increases therefore reflect considerations such as the firm's required rate of return, as well as costs including the cost of other standards designed to protect users and their families. Local social service departments and the national health service pay for over two thirds of the cost of residential care, and significant extra resources have been made available as well.
Funding for social services has increased by 6 per cent. a year over the three years 200304 to 200506. These increases follow a 20 per cent. increase in the level of funding for social services between 199697 and 200203. This enables local councils to contract with providers at realistic prices.
|Nursing single room||387||399||427||464||508|
|Nursing shared room||356||370||393||421||436|
|Nursing weighted average||379||393||421||457||496|
|Financial year April|
|Nursing single room||+3.5||+6.4||+7.9||+7.4|
|Nursing shared room||+3.4||+5.6||+7.1||+7.4|
|Nursing weighted average||+3.5||+6.0||+7.8||+7.4|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the gross (a) gain and (b) loss to the UK economy of parallel trade in pharmaceuticals; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: In terms of the impact on national health service expenditure, information is not routinely collected on the source of products, but from the data currently available, the Department estimates that parallel imports saves the NHS in England approximately £60 million per year in the community sector. No estimate is available for the hospital sector.
Parallel importing is legal within the European Union. The United Kingdom parallel import licensing scheme allows medicinal authorised products in other EU member states to be marketed in the UK, provided the imported products have no therapeutic difference from the equivalent UK products.
The medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) liaises closely with the relevant competent authorities to obtain the necessary information to ensure that only those products which fully comply with the stringent criteria for parallel import are granted a licence. This information is published at monthly intervals on the MHRA website at www.mhra.gov.uk
|Primary care trust||200607|
|Leeds North East||192,073||14,345||8.1||207,743||15,670||8.2|
|Leeds North West||208,941||17,117||8.9||228,463||19,522||9.3|
Ms Rosie Winterton:
All prisoners are given a health screening on first reception into custody to identify any who have immediate health needs or who are at a high risk of having a significant health problem. However, as in all other health settings, they are not compulsorily screened for blood borne viruses. The possibility of being tested for blood-borne viruses is likely to be raised
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with them on a number of subsequent occasions such as during health and drug education programmes, when seeing a drugs worker or while being counselled about hepatitis B vaccination. If, as a result, a prisoner requests a blood test, one will be arranged according to national health service guidelines.
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