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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the Swift campaign referred to in paragraph 2.42, of the White Paper, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say, was introduced; what resources have been committed to support the campaign in each year since its introduction; whether she has assessed the effectiveness of the campaign; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Shift is a five year initiative, running from 2004 to 2009, as part of the National Institute for Mental Health in England's work tackling the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental health issues. Shift is funded by the Department and it received £900,000 in 200304 and £1 million in 200405.
Shift's work is steered by a board of advisors comprising people from the voluntary sector, the Department and from the National Institute for Mental Health in England, and its work programme is overseen by the Department and a cross government network focusing on mental health issues.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health from what date in 2008 patients waiting for audiology aids and testing will be covered by the proposed 18-week maximum waiting time from the date of initial referral to fitting of a device; and if she will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department is currently reviewing the principles and definitions for the 18-week patient pathway, in light of the listening exercise conducted at the end of 2005. The final principles and definitions will be published in the spring of 2006.
Jane Kennedy: The Department is considering the results of a recent listening exercise on the principles and definitions to govern the 18-week pathway. In the light of comments received, we will publish conclusions in the spring. To go further on audiology at this stage would pre-empt those conclusions.
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 13 February 2006]: The Department is considering the results of a recent listening exercise on the principles and definitions to govern the 18-week pathway. In the light of comments received, we will publish conclusions in the spring. To go further on audiology at this stage would pre-empt those conclusions.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will reassess her decision to close the (a) intensive treatment unit, (b) cardiac unit, (c) stroke unit and (d) acute accident and emergency services at the Hemel Hempstead Hospital in the light of the Buncefield oil depot fire and subsequent explosion in Hemel Hempstead; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The decision to change what services are provided by the West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust is the responsibility of the trust in partnership with the primary care trusts who commission services from the trust and with the strategic health authority who is responsible for ensuring services meet the needs of the populations that they serve.
Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible women with metastatic breast cancer in England were treated with Herceptin in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: No patients have escaped from within the secure area of the high security hospitals in the last five years. During the same period, five patients absconded while on leave of absence. All five patients were returned to their hospitals within a short period of time without any offences being committed.
Jane Kennedy [holding answer 14 February 2006]: Healthcare professionals, patients' representatives and others helped develop the new arrangements and welcome this opportunity to provide a modernised service offering patients the latest oxygen equipment to improve their quality of life. Plans are to manage the change to the new arrangements over a six-month programme from 1 February 2006 to support continuity in patient services. However, in the first few days, huge volumes of ordersmany for delivery of oxygen supplies at a future datedisrupted this programme. Prompt action has put these plans back on course and we continue to monitor these closely to ensure patients are receiving a reliable service.
Ms Rosie Winterton:
11 national health service trusts have reported thefts of diagnostic equipment worth over £10,000 in the past 12 months to the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS).
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The NHS SMS issues alerts to all NHS health bodies indicating where risks to the security of drugs and equipment have been identified. For example, an alert regarding the protection of endoscopy equipment was issued on 7 December 2005, containing 10 key pieces of advice for health bodies to assist them in both preventing and detecting such thefts.
The NHS SMS manual, launched on 17 March 2005, contains guidance on the better protection of NHS drugs and equipment. NHS health bodies' nominated security management directors and accredited local security management specialists are directed to have regard to this manual in the discharge of their security management function.
NHS SMS is also actively exploring the options for making use of new technology to track and trace high value pieces of NHS equipment. This electronic tagging may be used in the future as both a preventative measure and to monitor the whereabouts of key pieces of medical equipment.
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