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HEALTH

Children (Behavioural Problems)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children were referred to NHS services with behavioural problems in 2004–05, broken down by local education authority. [43916]

Mr. Byrne: Information is not collected in the format requested. An Office for National Statistics survey, Mental Health of Children and Young People, 2004" (September 2005) found that 6 per cent., of children aged five to 6 had a conduct disorder.

Colon Cancer

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of (a) the number and (b) the proportion of the population of England aged over 50 who have been screened for cancer of the colon; what plans she has (i) to promote and (ii) to extend such screening; and what estimate she has made of the proportion of the population likely to be screened in the future. [44309]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Screening for bowel cancer in England is currently only available as part of the English bowel cancer screening pilot in Coventry and Warwickshire. The pilot began in 2000, and is now into its third round of screening. People aged 58 to 69 are sent a kit called a faecal occult blood (FOB) test, which looks for hidden blood in the stools, an indicator that bowel cancer may be present. People are invited every two years, and complete the kit in their own homes before returning it to the laboratory where the results are interpreted.

Around two percent., of people who take the FOB test will be positive, and they are invited for a full bowel investigation called a colonoscopy.

In 2004–05, 31,074 people were screened at a cost of around £800,000. Research and an independent evaluation of the pilot have shown that around 60 percent., of the population take up their invitations to participate in bowel cancer screening.

The Government have stated its commitment to a national bowel cancer screening programme. On 30 January 2006, the new Health White Paper, Our health, our care, our say: a new direction for community services" reaffirmed that the programme will be rolled out from April 2006. Departmental budgets for 2006–07 are currently being finalised, and announcements will be made in due course.

Free Care

Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what directions she plans to give to NHS trusts following the recent decision by the High Court to clarify the responsibility between the NHS and social services departments on what constitutes (a) free care and (b) means-tested care. [48907]

Mr. Byrne: I intend to reinforce existing guidance to the national health service and local councils, alerting them to the decision of the High Court and ensuring that their current local policies are in line with the
 
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judgement. In April, we will publish for consultation a national framework for NHS continuing care, which will give further clarity and consistency on the responsibilities of NHS and social services for long term care.

Maternity Services

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwifery assistants have been employed by Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in each of the last five years. [45100]

Mr. Byrne: The table shows the number of unqualified maternity nursing staff employed by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital National Health Service Trust.
NHS hospital and community health services: unqualified maternity nursing staff employed by Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount

20002001200220032004
Unqualified nurses3339333014
Nursery nurse(19)1(19)(19)(19)
Nursing assistant/auxiliary3338333014


(19) zero
Source:
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census.


NHS Trusts

Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 151W, on NHS trusts, if she will list the NHS organisations with which turnaround teams will be working; what the total number of staff is in those teams; and whether their reports will be made public. [49161]

Jane Kennedy: The turnaround teams were announced by the Secretary of State in a ministerial statement on 1 December 2005, Official Report, column 37WS.

The first stage of this is a baseline assessment, the aim of which is to ensure there is an agreed understanding of the local financial problem and that actions are in hand to address this. The contract for the baseline assessment was awarded to consultants KPMG. The full list of organisations where baseline assessments are being undertaken is as follows.

KPMG identified the specific staffing requirements to undertake the baseline assessments.

I released a report from the Director of Finance of the Department of Health on 25 January 2006. This gives the results of the first phase of assessments. Further reports will follow.

Organisations subject to baseline assessment


 
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