|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Caroline Flint: There are an estimated 11 million people in the clinical target groups eligible to receive free flu vaccination. These groups are given in the Chief Medical Officer's letter to general practitioners dated 25 July.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what circumstances persons under the age of 65 years are given influenza vaccinations; whether they are available to anyone under the age of 65 years who requests them; what obligations general practitioners' surgeries are under to administer such vaccinations; and what information and guidance has been disseminated by her Department to surgeries in this respect. 
The final decision as to who should be offered flu immunisation is a matter for the patients general practitioner but should take into account the risk of influenza infection exacerbating the underlying disease as well as the risk of serious illness from influenza.
16 Nov 2005 : Column 1308W
Under the new general practitioner (GP) contract introduced in 2004, influenza vaccination became a directed enhanced service (DES). Primary care trusts commission GPs to carry out flu immunisations under the DES.
Caroline Flint: The Department does not centrally purchase flu vaccine. General practitioners purchase their own supply of vaccine from one of the six United Kingdom suppliers, based on the number of eligible patients on their practice register.
Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meals on wheels were distributed in Leeds North West in each year since 1997; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Fair Access to Social Care Initiative. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 7 November 2005]: This information is not centrally available. Views on the fair access to social care initiative were sought specifically as part of the Green Paper, Independence, Well-being and Choice". These views are being considered as we take this forward as part of the development of the White Paper.
|Aged 5 to 16 years||Number|
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been allocated to (a) preventive and (b) early intervention services for children's mental health disorders in Hemel Hempstead constituency in 200506. 
It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) to commission child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) for their resident population in line with their CAMHS development strategy prepared jointly with their partners in the local authority. PCTs are obliged to be working towards the delivery of the public service agreement standard of a comprehensive CAMHS by the end of 2006.
We expect both PCTs and local authorities to fund CAMHS. In 200506, both PCTs and local authorities have been given additional funds for CAMHS over and above what they may have already earmarked from their own resources.
Current guidelines state that male and female patients should have access to separate bathroom and toilet facilities, and should be cared for in separate sleeping areas. Separate sleeping areas for men and women can be achieved using a variety of different layouts, including combinations of single rooms and single-sex bays within wards.
The national health service met our target to provide single-sex accommodation in 95 per cent. of NHS trusts by December 2002. Progress has continued, with 97 per cent. of NHS trusts achieving these objectives by January 2005.
No further targets have been set. We are using the framework of national standards to build on what has been achieved. Under this framework, the NHS is required to provide single-sex accommodation but is also required to ensure that each individual patients privacy and dignity is protected. The Healthcare Commission will monitor compliance to these standards.
|Total specified staff||127|
Mr. Byrne: The national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions focuses on improving services for people with neurological conditions across England. People with these conditions will get faster diagnosis, more rapid treatment and a comprehensive package of care under the NSF.
joint health and social care plans that change over time (especially for people with rapidly progressing conditions) and take other needs into account such as housing, transport, benefits, education, careers advice, employment and leisure;
We have taken an inclusive approach to developing this NSF, involving a wide range of stakeholders either directly through the external reference group and its sub-groups or through open consultation. The NSF is therefore comprehensive in its coverage of all aspects of care and support for people with long-term conditions and closely mirrors the aspirations of all those who have contributed to its development.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|