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Jane Kennedy: There are currently no procedures to encourage specific reporting of anaesthetic awareness by patients and the Department does not routinely collect information about the number of cases.
However, the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) that we established in July 2001 to improve the safety of national health service patient care by promoting an open and fair culture has in place a national reporting and learning system for adverse events across the NHS. The NPSA is about to start a pilot to encourage patients to report all patient safety incidents, including those involving anaesthetic awareness.
The NPSA has also undertaken a review of the anaesthetic process. This involved taking a standard patient journey" and working through the whole process, identifying and analysing the risks. The NPSA is now in the process of identifying and prioritising areas
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for action and is being assisted in its work by a clinical speciality adviser (CSA) in anaesthetics and an anaesthetic reference group.
The most important contribution to patient safety in this area is the continuous presence of a highly trained and skilled anaesthetist who has the benefit of modern equipment to deliver and monitor the patient's condition. The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, which represents more than 9,000 anaesthetists, has issued Minimum Standards for Monitoring" in recognition of the importance of monitoring the patient throughout an anaesthetic. The Association also launched its revised guidelines, Checking Anaesthetic Equipment", in 2004. The guidelines were developed jointly with the Royal College of Anaesthetists and their application by all anaesthetic staff will help to improve patient safety.
Jane Kennedy: As part of the clinical pharmacist initiative, we are providing £12 million over three years to support hospital clinical pharmacists in monitoring the use of antibiotics in relation to local policies. The funding is given to acute trusts via primary care trusts and the acute trusts decide how to use the money. This is frequently used to support a hospital clinical pharmacist.
Jane Kennedy: We do not plan to revise the United Kingdom Antimicrobial Strategy and Action Plan" asthe aims and objectives are being taken forward by the Specialist Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total budget for arm's-length bodies contained within the Department's review of arm's length bodies is for 200506; and what this figure was in (a) 200405 and (b) 200304. 
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of arrhythmia were treated by (a) the Acute Trust and (b) community trusts, including GP services, in Gloucestershire in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Byrne: Information on numbers of arrhythmia cases treated is collected centrally by trust, but not for general practitioner services. Figures for community trusts in Gloucestershire are between one and five and due to reasons of confidentiality have been suppressed. The number of cases of arrhythmia that were treated at Gloucestershire hospitals national health service trust in 200304 are shown in the table.
|Finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of arrhythmia, which indicates the patient was attending specifically for treatment of their arrhythmia||93|
|Finished consultant episodes with an arrhythmia diagnosis code recorded in any of the diagnosis fieldsarrhythmia codes might occur in secondary fields if they are being treated as part of an overall cardiology problem||261|
Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what training is provided to (a) doctors, (b) nurses and (c) other healthcare professionals in treating and caring for those with autism; and what funding has been allocated for the treatment of autism in the 200506 financial year. 
Mr. Byrne: The training of doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in treating and caring for those with autism is a matter for the relevant professional bodies. Overall, in 200405, the national health service spent £3.6 billion on training. Information about funding allocations is not held centrally. It is for local NHS organisations to decide how resources should be allocated between services, taking account of local circumstances and priorities.
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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what she expects the capacity of the new surgery unit at Chase Farm hospital to be; when she expects it to be operating at, or near to, that capacity; when she expects it to open; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: Subject to the process of audit and final accounts, the trust broke even in 200405. It has yet to agree a financial plan for 200506, which would enable it to achieve a balanced position. North London Strategic Health Authority is working closely with Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals National Health Service Trust and its primary care trusts to achieve that end.
As part of the patient environment action team's inspection programme Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals National Health Service Trust was assessed in 2005 as acceptablefrom a five-point scale
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which runs through excellent, good, acceptable, poor or unacceptable.
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