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Running costs are not identified within the accounts of national health service trusts. Figures shown are the total operating expenses of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust, which is closest to the information requested.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Data on the number of women aged 40 to 49 in England and Wales who have a family history of breast cancer and the number of these women
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who received a mammogram in the last year are not collected centrally. However, we do know that the proportion of cases of breast cancer that have an inherited component is small, at less than 10 per cent. of total cases.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published a clinical guideline on familial breast cancer in May 2004. They recommended that women at moderate risk or greater should receive annual mammography. NICE estimated that an annual surveillance service for women aged 40 to 49 years at a moderate or greater risk of familial breast cancer would require an additional 21,000 mammograms a year.
NICE clinical guidelines are covered by the Department's developmental standards, standards which the national health service is expected to achieve over time. The Healthcare Commission has responsibility for assessing progress towards achieving these standards.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on progress towards reducing cancelled operations and appointments at NHS units in the Hemel Hempstead constituency in the last 12 months. 
hospitals NHS trust
Number of last minute cancellations for non clinical reasons in the quarter
|Number of patients not admitted within 28 days of cancellation on the day of surgery|
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which institutions in the NHS are responsible for surveillance of the accuracy and integrity of (a) breast and (b) cervical cancer screening arrangements. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 November 2005]: Quality assurance in the national health service breast screening programme and the NHS cervical screening programme aims to maintain standards and continue improvement in the performance of all aspects of the programmes in order to ensure that women have access to a high quality service wherever they live. Quality assurance has always been a fundamental part of the programmes.
Responsibility and resources for screening quality assurance rest with the Regional Directors of Public Health, who have all the necessary authority to secure quality assurance. Where necessary they are able to close screening units down which fail to meet national standards.
The Government spends £8 million per year on quality assurance for the breast and cervical screening programmes. Eight regional quality assurance reference centres provide the service, overseen nationally by the NHS cancer screening programme.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthhow many care homes (a) exceeded, (b) met, (c) almost met and (d) failed to meet (i) the national minimum standard for complaints procedures and (ii)Regulation (A) 5 and (B) 6 of the Care Home Regulations 2001 in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Byrne: I understand from the Chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, that data is collected on how care homes are meeting the national minimum standards. How care homes have met these standards is shown in the tables. Regulations 5, 5A and 6 set out requirements on information to be provided to the service users. Regulation 22 sets out requirements for the complaints procedure. Compliance with these regulations is a legal condition that must be met in order for a home to be registered.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of beds in Hertfordshire in each year since 1997 is shown in tables one and two. Data for Dacorum are not collected separately but are included in the Hertfordshire figures.
Table one shows the number of care home places open in Hertfordshire for adults aged 18 and over, at 31 March for the years 1997 to 2001. Table two shows the number of care home places registered for adults aged 18 and over, at 31 March for the years 2003 to 2005.
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Data for 2001 and 2002 are not available. The data from before 2002 are not comparable to the data after 2002. This is because the Department's data up to 31 March 2001 are based on the number of care homes open as at 31 March, whereas the Commission for Social Care Inspection data from 1 April 2002 are based on the number of care homes registered as at 31 March.
|At 31 March||Number of places|
|At 31 March||Number of places|
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