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Mr. Grogan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on rates of addiction of the reiteration of prescribing guidance for benzodiazepine contained in the Chief Medical Officer's Update 37 of January 2004. 
Caroline Flint: The Department has made no formal assessment of the impact on rates of addiction since the reiteration of prescribing guidance for benzodiazepine, contained in the Chief Medical Officer's Update of January 2004.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the letter regarding the roll-out of the National Bowel Cancer Screening Programme, dated 13 December 2005, which was jointly signed by Bowel Cancer UK and Beating Bowel Cancer. 
Ms Rosie Winterton
[holding answer 19 January 2006]: The Department has no record of receiving this letter. Since this parliamentary question was tabled we
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have received a copy of the letter from the hon. Member and we are considering the points raised in it. A reply will be sent shortly.
The Government are committed to introducing a national bowel cancer screening programme. The Department's budgets for 200607 are currently being finalised, and announcements will be made in due course.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish all correspondence between her Department and the UK National Screening Committee relating to the timetable for the introduction of screening for bowel cancer. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: There has been no correspondence between the Department and the United Kingdom National Screening Committee (NSC) on this subject. It is for Ministers to decide on the details of implementing any new screening programmes once they have received policy advice from the NSC.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of women were examined by a breast cancer specialist within two weeks of a referral from their general practitioner in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The Department is mindful of the World Health Organisation's recommendations to host a national breastfeeding co-ordinator. The current postholder leaves the Department at the end of February 2006. The Department is currently exploring how best to resource this area thereafter.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of the first Gateway Review by the Office of Government Commerce into the Bristol Health Services Plan when it is completed. 
Caroline Flint: The responsible officer of the North Bristol National Health Service Trust, as owner of the document, is happy to supply appropriate extracts from the Department's Gateway review of he North Bristol/South Gloucestershire Primary Care Trusts outline business case (OBC) to the Member of Parliament when the final report is available.
This document is prepared by the Department for the sole purposes of the senior responsible officer for the project and is not released as a matter of routine practice. However, in this instance appropriate extracts will be released at the discretion of the responsible officer in the interests of openness.
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Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what facility is in place in her Department to examine incidents of bullying in addition to the internal procedures of individual NHS hospital trusts. 
Mr. Byrne: Bullying of staff by managers and colleagues has no place in the national health service workplace. The Department keeps abreast of the scope and nature of bullying through the national staff surveys conducted by the Healthcare Commission. Generally, the Department does not examine individual incidents of bullying in the NHS. As a rule, individual NHS bodies should carry out investigations into allegations of bullying using their own internal procedures. Other independent bodies, including the Healthcare Commission, may become involved in, or instigate, investigations.
|Finished consultant episodes||7,100|
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the North West London Strategic Health Authority are identified as having cancer, broken down by London borough; and which dedicated in-hospital units are available to them. 
Jane Kennedy: This information is not available in the format requested. However, the following table shows numbers of newly diagnosed cases of cancer, excluding non-melanoma skin cancer, registered in 2003, by selected London boroughs.
|Hammersmith and Fulham||534|
|Kensington and Chelsea||529|
|North West London strategic health authority (SHA)||5,957|
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has been advised by both expert epidemiologists and members of the former steering committee on cancer registration, that non-melanoma skin cancer is greatly under-registered. Registration varies widely depending on a registry's degree of access to out-patient records and general practitioners. For this reason, numbers of newly diagnosed cases of non-melanoma skin cancer have been excluded from the data provided.
The acute hospitals in the North West London SHA area listed provide some diagnostic, in-patient treatment and palliative care services for some cancers. Specialist surgery for the less common cancers is provided on fewer of these sites:
Mr. Byrne: The information is not available in the format requested. However, the table shows the numbers of patients who reside in the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority area who were treated for cancer at hospitals based in the area.
|Provider of treatment||Finished consultant episodes||Patient counts|
|North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||8,513||3,567|
|Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust||7,897||4,575|
|Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust||1,400||906|
|Blackpool, Fylde And Wyre Hospitals NHS Trust||12,500||4,003|
|Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||9,220||5,739|
|East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust||11,359||5,053|
|Total finished consultant episodes||50,889||n/a|
|Total unique patients||||23,410|
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