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Drug and Alcohol Detoxification

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on waiting times for in-patient drug and alcohol detoxification treatment in (a) Lancaster and Wyre and (b) Lancashire if the Castle Unit at Ridge Lea Hospital in Lancaster closes. [44716]


 
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Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not collected centrally.

This is the responsibility of the Cumbria and Lancashire strategic health authority in partnership with the primary care trusts in the area.

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the availability of in-patient drug and alcohol detoxification services in (a) Lancashire, (b) Lancaster and Wyre and (c) the North West. [44717]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held centrally. However, the Cumbria and Lancashire strategic health authority reports that there are a mixture of private and national health service facilities available. NHS facilities include:

The main referral point for drug detoxification is Kenyon House, as all three drug action teams fund bed nights there. Private units include:

Waiting times for detoxification beds varies according to the differing demand from individual services.

Fertility Treatment

Mrs. Riordan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1568W, on fertility treatment, what percentage of primary care trusts (PCTs) responded to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence survey on the implementation of its guidelines on the assessment and treatment of people with fertility problems; and what percentage of all PCTs reported that they were providing at least one cycle of IVF to all eligible couples. [42726]

Caroline Flint: The overall response rate to the survey carried out by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence was 42.4 percent., the responses covering 128 primary care trusts (PCTs). Over half (63.5 percent.) of the PCTs replying said that they were offering one cycle of in vitro fertilization, with a further 31.7 percent, offering two cycles. Those responding, and indicating that they are providing at least one cycle, represent approximately 40 percent, of all PCTs. We are discussing with Infertility Network UK (IN-UK), the leading voluntary organisation representing the interests of fertility patients, ways in which IN-UK can work with PCTs to help ensure that fertility patients' voices are heard when decisions about the provision of services are made at local level.

Food Labelling

Jim Dowd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Food Standards Agency about the revised food labelling system; and when she expects to report the Agency's conclusions. [45350]


 
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Caroline Flint: The European Commission has indicated that it plans to propose revisions to the European Union legislation on nutrition labelling in 2007 in order to meet consumer needs and expectations. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will consult with stakeholders on all aspects of the new proposals when they are published.

The FSA is currently consulting on proposals for a voluntary front of pack simplified system of nutrition labelling that will make it easier for people to make healthier food choices. This consultation closes on 8 February. The recommended scheme will be considered by the FSA's board at its open meeting on 9 March.

Foundation Trusts

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish the detailed results of the evaluations of the state of readiness to become foundation trusts of all hospitals that were examined in the pilot project in 2005. [41848]

Mr. Byrne: The outcome of the whole health community diagnostic programme will be an action plan in each trust setting out what they need to do to achieve national health service foundation trust status and an indication of when they might enter the applications process. Action plans for each trust will need to be agreed between the trust and their strategic health authority and will be considered by the trust board at a meeting where the papers will be made public in the usual way.

Gambling

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what gambling addiction services are available in (a) Lancashire and (b) Lancaster and Wyre. [44715]

Mr. Byrne: Very few problem gamblers present to the national health service for treatment and specialist services are not widely available. However, most addiction services which concentrate on substance misuse are also prepared to treat problem gamblers. However, this data are not centrally collected by the Department.

General Practitioners

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been registered with a GP in each year since 1997. [43531]

Mr. Byrne: From 1 April 2004 patients register with a practice rather than an individual general practitioner. Total registration data are shown in the table.
Numbers of patients registered with a general practitioner and from 2004 general practice in England

1 October 199750,917,256
1 October 199851,117,646
1 October 199950,898,948
30 September 200051,336,812
30 September 200151,254,833
30 September 200251,524,894
30 September 2003(43)52,713,780
30 September 2004(44)52,527,737


(43) 2003 patient data have been revised from previously published figures.
(44) Numbers of patients registered with a general practice.
Source:
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre General and Personal Medical Services Statistics



 
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the likely effect on the number of inappropriate (a) investigations, (b) prescriptions and (c) referrals should multiple registration be introduced. [43568]

Mr. Byrne: These are among the considerations we are taking into account in preparing the forthcoming White Paper following the public consultation on Your Health, Your Care, Your Say".

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the (a) condition and (b) fitness for purpose of general practitioner practice premises. [43569]

Mr. Byrne: Any person entering into a contract or agreement with a primary care trust (PCT) under which they are to provide primary medical services is required to ensure that the premises used for the provision of such services are suitable for the delivery of those services and are sufficient to meet the reasonable needs of the contractor's patients.

PCTs are responsible for monitoring compliance with these contracts or agreements including any necessary assessment of the condition and fitness for purpose of practice premises.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data her Department collects from primary care trusts via the annual general practice assessment questionnaire. [43570]

Mr. Byrne: The Department does not centrally collect any data from the general practice assessment questionnaire. The conduct of the questionnaire is performed by practices or for practices by a third party and acted upon locally.

Gershon Review

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress her Department has made towards its Gershon review targets. [42665]

Mr. Byrne: Up to September 2005, the latest for which confirmed figures are currently available we have achieved £1,709 million against our target of £6,500 million by March 2008.

Details of this early progress are provided in the Department's autumn performance report 2005 published on 7 December 2005 and is available on our website at: www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/12/42/52/04124252.pdf


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