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Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 November 2005]: Funding of information technology projects in the national health service has historically been the responsibility of individual NHS bodies. Before the advent of the national programme for information technology at the beginning of 2003, any funding provided by the Department was given as a contribution to local initiatives, for which business responsibility and overall expenditure control rested with the NHS bodies concerned.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suppliers have waited longer than 30 days for payment in each year since NHS Professionals was established; and what the amounts of the payments were. 
Mr. Byrne: NHS Professionals was established on 1 April 2004. In 200405, NHS Professionals paid 97 per cent. of its bills within 30 days or contract terms. 1,092 bills were not paid on time out of a total of 35,698; these bills amounted to a value of £1.9 million in comparison to a total value of £36.6 million.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1565W, on antidepressants, if she will provide the information broken down by the following age groups: (a) 0 to 15 years, (b) 16 to 18 years and in full-time education and (c) people aged 60 years and over. 
Aged-based prescription data is available only for the exemption categories as shown in the following tables. The data refers to the quantity prescribed and the cost to the national health service in England for each antidepressant in 200405. Data is not available for other years.
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|Number of NHS prescriptions in England|
|Name of antidepressant||015 years||16 to 18 years and in full-time education||60 years|
|Cost of NHS prescriptions in England 200405 (£)|
|Name of antidepressant||0 to 15 years||16 to 18 years and in full-time education||60 years and over|
Jane Kennedy: It is recognised that stimulants such as methylphenidate can affect weight gain and growth in children following long-term use. The product information, for prescribers and patients or carers, and the British National Formulary contain warnings about this risk and advise that the child's weight and height should be regularly checked throughout treatment.
A number of studies have been conducted to investigate this issue and these inform current clinical guidance. It is unlikely that additional studies would impact on the current recommendations for regular monitoring and treatment breaks in children who are not gaining weight or growing as expected.
We no longer use the term Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy to refer to fabricated or induced illness. However, some adults do fabricate illness in their children, or exaggerate their symptoms, or sometimes even induce the illness, for example by poisoning. At least two mothers have received prison sentences after their children died because of illnesses induced by salt poisoning.
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Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the Royal College of Surgeons' proposals for a National Trauma Service in a Level 2 hospital with particular reference to proposals for (a) a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department, (b) a consultant-led resuscitate trauma team, (c) Intensive Care Unit and trauma beds and (d) helicopter landing access; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department has not made any recent assessment of the Royal College of Surgeons' and the British Orthopaedic Association's joint proposals for a national trauma service, as set out in their July 2000 publication Better care for the severely injured.
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