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Mr. Byrne: Ministers have agreed to the implementation of newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. About a fifth of babies born in England are offered newborn screening for cystic fibrosis. The United Kingdom national screening committee (NSC) has commissioned a programme of work to support national health service implementation from the UK newborn screening programme centre, based at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Initially the emphasis is on developing the framework for the new programme and ensuring that existing screening provision meets consistent standards. The pace of further introduction of screening will depend on primary care trust's local priorities and resource commitment. The NSC will provide continued advice and help through the work of the UK newborn screening programme centre.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish Counter Fraud and Security Management Service figures on the number of prosecutions of persons alleged to have assaulted a member of NHS staff. 
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 11 July 2005]: Information relating to the number of successful prosecutions obtained in 200405 against those who have physically assaulted national health service staff will be published shortly.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 13 June 2005, Official Report, column 107W, on No Secrets Guidance, what data are being collected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in respect of the guidance. 
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the availability of treatments for osteoporosis following publication of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on the secondary prevention of osteoporotic fractures. 
The new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance will provide clear advice to the national health service and patients in England and Wales in an area where for some time there has been uncertainty.
NICE is also developing guidance on the primary prevention of osteoporotic fragility fractures in postmenopausal women which is due to be published in September 2005, together with a clinical guideline on the assessment of fracture risk and the prevention of osteoporotic fractures in individuals at high risk which is due for publication in February 2006.
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 12 July 2005]: The policy considerations which underlie the abolition of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) derive from the intention that the abolition of CPPIH will provide the opportunity for arrangements to be made for the provision of stronger, more efficient support and advice to forums. The reconfiguration of the Department's arms length bodies also announced the aim of reducing bureaucracy to generate £0.5 billion savings and to improve investment in the front line.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthwhat steps she plans to take to promote partnership working between NHS trusts, patient representatives and the voluntary sector to develop a patient-led NHS. 
[holding answer 18 July 2005]: Section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 places a duty on national health service organisations to work with patients, the public and their representatives, including patient groups and the voluntary and community sector (VCS), to ensure services are fully informed by the experiences of those using them.
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Making Partnership Work for Patients, Carers and Service UsersA Strategic Agreement between the Department of Health, the NHS and the Voluntary and Community Sector", published September 2004, is aimed at strengthening partnerships between the NHS and the private and VCS health care sectors in order to improve the quality and range of service planning and provision of NHS services. A national strategic partnership forum with membership from all these sectors has been established to help the voluntary, community and public sectors work effectively together to deliver responsive, high quality health and adult social care services for patients, service users and carers.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent employees there are at the Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority centre in the City of Newcastle; and what plans she has for the PPA in her review of non-departmental bodies. 
[holding answer 14 July 2005]: Information on staffing figures for the Prescription Pricing Authority (PPA) is not held by the Department. The PPA is an independent body and should be contacted direct for this information.
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It is anticipated that the PPA will become part of the Business Services Authority (BSA) from April 2006. The BSA will also include the Dental Practice Board and the NHS Pensions Agency. It has not yet been finalised if the Counter Fraud and Security Management Services will form part of the BSA. Over time, the BSA expects to reduce the total number of posts by 25 per cent. compared to today. Where these posts will be reduced has not yet been determined as the business strategies are being formulated.
The data shown is prescribing costs, which is the total cost relating to prescribing by general practitioners within the PCT area. The figures provided are from 200001, the first year that PCTs existed, through to 200304, which is the latest year for which figures are available.
|Billericay, Brentwood and Wickford PCT||n/a||14,973||17,714||19,728|
|Castle Point and Rochford PCT||n/a||n/a||21,467||22,443|
|Epping Forest PCT||10,281||11,310||12,589||14,420|
|Maldon and south Chelmsford PCT||n/a||8,650||9,756||10,856|
|Witham, Braintree and Halstead care trust||n/a||n/a||8,288||17,863|
|North West London SHA area:||200001||200102||200203||200304|
|Brent Teaching PCT||n/a||n/a||27,423||33,157|
|Hammersmith and Fulham PCT||n/a||n/a||17,011||17,450|
|Kensington and Chelsea PCT||n/a||n/a||14,563||16,459|
|North Central London SHA area:|
|Haringey Teaching PCT||n/a||22,340||24,014||25,780|
|North East London SHA area:|
|Barking and Dagenham PCT||n/a||15,735||17,869||19,290|
|Chingford, Wanstead and Woodford PCT||n/a||12,728||14,502||n/a|
|City and Hackney Teaching PCT||n/a||20,478||22,080||23,998|
|Redbridge PCT (following merger)||n/a||n/a||n/a||28,237|
|Tower Hamlets PCT||n/a||18,285||20,327||22,387|
|Waltham Forest PCT (following merger)||n/a||n/a||n/a||25,849|
|Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone PCT||n/a||14,278||15,959||n/a|
|South East London SHA area:|
|Bexley care trust PCT||n/a||n/a||n/a||28,178|
|South West London SHA area:|
|Nelson and West Merton PCT||13,131||14,219||n/a||n/a|
|Richmond and Twickenham PCT||n/a||n/a||18,510||19,109|
|Sutton and Merton PCT||n/a||n/a||38,450||41,540|
|Teddington, Twickenham and Hamptons PCT||n/a||8,600||n/a||n/a|
The level of fees that the pharmacist charges for dispensing private prescriptions is not regulated by any body or organisation; it is a private transaction between the pharmacist and the customer. Therefore, the dispensing fee(s) incurred are set by the individual pharmacy or pharmacy chain.
|1 April 1975||0.20|
|16 July 1979||0.45|
|1 April 1980||0.70|
|1 December 1980||1.00|
|1 April 1982||1.30|
|1 April 1983||1.40|
|1 April 1984||1.60|
|1 April 1985||2.00|
|1 April 1986||2.20|
|1 April 1987||2.40|
|1 April 1988||2.60|
|1 April 1989||2.80|
|1 April 1990||3.05|
|1 April 1991||3.40|
|1 April 1992||3.75|
|1 April 1993||4.25|
|1 April 1994||4.75|
|1 April 1995||5.25|
|1 April 1996||5.50|
|1 April 1997||5.65|
|1 April 1998||5.80|
|1 April 1999||5.90|
|1 April 2000||6.00|
|1 April 2001||6.10|
|1 April 2002||6.20|
|1 April 2003||6.30|
|1 April 2004||6.40|
|1 April 2005||6.50|
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