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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the health trusts which will introduce liquid-based cytology over the next three years; and what the planned implementation date is for each. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Although primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for the commissioning of cervical screening services, not all PCTs have a cervical screening laboratory. Therefore, we have advised strategic health authorities (SHAs) to lead on the implementation of liquid based cytology (LBC), in close collaboration with PCTs, regional quality assurance directors, regional directors of public health and, where
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appropriate, cancer networks. We have not asked for these local strategies to be submitted centrally as the SHAs are best placed to judge the needs of their local populations. We expect all SHAs to have introduced LBC by 2008.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the implementation of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance relating to photodynamic therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued its guidance on photodynamic therapy on 24 September 2003. Implementation of the NICE guidance was co-ordinated by local specialist commissioning groups and all primary care trusts are funding photodynamic therapy treatment for patients with both the wholly classic and predominantly classic forms of age-related macular degeneration.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by the (a) Cheshire and (b) Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire health authority on management consultants in each of the last five years. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what projects in the Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire strategic health authority (a) have required and (b) will require the assistance of external management consultants in 200506. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inpatients detained under sections (a) 2, (b) 3 and (c) 4 of the Mental Health Act 1983 have absconded from psychiatric hospitals in each year since 1997; and from which hospital in each case. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not collected centrally. Absconsions occur when patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 go missing outside of the secure perimeter of a unit, e.g. when on a scheduled visit. Missing patient incidents that originate from inside the perimeter of a secure site are termed escapes or breakout.
Absconsions can be either non-serious or serious untoward incidents (SUIs). In relation to mental health patients, an SUI means the absconsion of a patient detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 where a
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significant risk is posed to the patient or to others. A non-serious absconsion would be where the absconsion is unintentional, due for example to a patient missing a transport connection when returning from leave.
SUI absconsion reporting is far more stringent than for non-serious absconsions. There must be clear local procedures at each national health service organisation to identify, report and investigate SUIs. Information is collected by each strategic health authority (SHA) about all SUIs reported during each calendar year by month, type and NHS organisation, and is available on request from the SHAs. These requirements do not apply to collecting non- serious absconsion data.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not held in the format requested. However, shown is a list of services that can be found in the Directory of Services in Hertfordshire Local Implementation Team (this is not an exhaustive list) and further information is available on the Adult Mental Health Service Mapping and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Mapping websites at: www.dur.ac.uk/service.mapping/amh/index.php (adults) and www.camhsmapping.org.uk/2005/index.php (CAMHS).
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether responsibility for mental health tribunals proposed in the draft Mental Health Bill will be passed from her Department to the Department for Constitutional Affairs. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department and the Department of Constitutional Affairs' (DCA) ministers have agreed in principle to transfer the responsibility for mental health review tribunals to the DCA on 31 March 2006.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will carry out an investigation into how The Guardian newspaper received a copy of the unpublished report by the code of practice working group set up to implement a workable model of mental health tribunals proposed in the draft Mental Health Bill. 
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate care beds there have been in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in each of the last six years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
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|5GP||Brentwood, Billericay and Wickford PCT||26||91||92|
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many delayed discharges there have been in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area in each of the last six years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
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