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Royston Hospital

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the future of Royston hospital. [49031]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 6 February 2006]: The future of Royston hospital is a matter for local decision making which should take full account of local circumstances.

School Nurses

David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many school nurses there are in Cumbria; and where they are located. [51208]

Mr. Byrne: The information relating to the primary care trusts (PCTs) in the Cumbria and Lancashire strategic health authority (SHA) area is shown in the table.
National health service hospital and community health services: Qualified nurses in the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority area by organisation in the school nursing area of work as at 30 September 2004

Nurses qualified in school nursingOf which:
School nurses
Cumbria and Lancashire SHA15562
Blackburn with Darwen PCT235
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT245
Carlisle and District PCT1310
Chorley and South Ribble PCT130
Eden Valley PCT40
Fylde PCT3417
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT133
Morecambe Bay PCT88
West Cumbria PCT1010
West Lancashire PCT134

NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census 2004

Sex Offenders

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records she keeps of the number of persons with convictions or cautions for sex offences employed (a) by the NHS and (b) within the NHS who have contact with juveniles; of how many she is aware; and to what (i) advice and (ii) statutory requirements their managers are expected to have regard. [45821]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer26 January 2006]: The responsibility for carrying out pre-employment checks rests with the relevant national health service trust. The NHS is required to follow the guidance, Safer Recruitment" issued in May 2005 which covers all the pre- and post-appointment checks that NHS employers must make before appointing anyone to a position in the NHS. The Department also published, Working Together to Safeguard Children" in 2000. This document sets out how all agencies and professionals should work together to promote children's welfare and protect them from abuse and neglect.

The decisions on recruiting, employing and disciplining staff are matters for individual NHS trusts and these are not reported to the Department. The Department does not therefore hold information about NHS employees of the kind requested.
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Sexual Health Services

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps (a) to improve rapid access to sexual health services and (b) to develop provision of sexual health services in primary care. [39428]

Caroline Flint: The Choosing Health" White Paper contains a commitment that by 2008 everyone referred to genitor-urinary medicine services (GUM), including self-referral, should be able to have an appointment within 48 hours. Primary care trusts and strategic health authorities have already developed plans on how they will meet the target of 48-hour access through the local delivery planning process and the latest survey shows that this is being achieved almost half the time already. To support this, the Department is investing an extra £145 million over three years for GUM services and infrastructure to enable clinics to expand their services and reduce waiting times. In addition, a further £40 million has also been invested over the next two years through the White Paper to improve access to contraceptive services.

The National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV (2001)" highlighted the need to diversify the provision of sexual health services, including measures to provide services in primary care. Recommended Standards for Sexual Health Services" was published by the Department in March 2005 to provide good practice guidance for those providing sexual health services, including primary care.

Sexually-transmitted Diseases

Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of sexually transmitted diseases were diagnosed in (a) England, (b) London, (c) the London borough of Hillingdon and (d) Uxbridge constituency (i) in each year since 1997 and (ii) in each of the last 12 months; and which sexually transmitted disease was most frequently diagnosed in each case. [46593]

Caroline Flint: The data requested are only collected at strategic health authority level and above. It is available on the Health Protection Agency's website at:

Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much VAT the Southport and Ormskirk hospitals paid the Exchequer for drugs purchased by the hospital in (a) 2001, (b) 2003 and (c) 2005. [51113]

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

Value added tax is not separately identified within the national health service summarisation schedules/accounts submitted to the Department.

St. Mary's Hospital, Leeds

John Battle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals have been submitted to her Department to re-open St. Mary's hospital in Armley, West Leeds, as a local health centre; and if she will make a statement. [49074]

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Mr. Byrne: The St. Mary's hospital in Armley is open. The hospital is owned by Leeds mental health teaching national health service trust, which provides a range of community and mental health services from the site. Leeds West primary care trust also provides some community services from the hospital.

Stoma and Other Appliances

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what responses she has received to her Department's consultation document on the provision of Stoma and other appliances; and if she will make a statement. [52635]

Jane Kennedy: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave my hon. Friend the Member for South Derbyshire (Mr. Todd) on 13 February 2006, Official Report, columns 1795–96W.

Taphoorn Report

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the report by Martin Taphoorn and others entitled Health-related Quality of Life in Patients with Glioblastoma: A Randomised Controlled Trial, published in The Lancet in November 2005. [47758]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has not assessed the research referred to in the question. Evidence from the substantial body of cancer research conducted nationally and internally is considered by expert groups set up to advise the Government and the Department, for example, groups such as the national radiotherapy advisory group and the advisory committee on breast cancer screening.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence routinely consults relevant National Cancer Research Institute's clinical studies groups in all of the work it does in relation to cancer.

Therapeutic and Recovery Services

Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what therapeutic and recovery services are available in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield District and (c) Normanton constituency for under 16s who have suffered abuse or neglect. [51602]

Mr. Byrne: Care for under-16s who have suffered abuse or neglect in the Wakefield district, including Normanton, is provided using a multi-agency approach. Led by social care, this involves staff from Eastern Wakefield Primary Care Trust's child protection, community paediatric, health visiting, school nursing and child and adolescent mental health services as appropriate. These teams work with social care and education to deliver care and support based on the individual needs of the patient.

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