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Care Homes

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to introduce regulations obliging (a) general practitioners and (b) other health workers commissioned by a primary care trust who also have an equity interest in care homes to disclose those details to the trust. [48182]

Jane Kennedy: There are no present plans to make regulations on this matter.
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Chronic Hepatitis B

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available for research into the hepatitis B virus. [60235]

Jane Kennedy: The main agency through which the Government support medical and clinical research is the Medical Research Council (MRC). The MRC is an independent body funded by the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology.

Expenditure by the MRC on research directly concerned with hepatitis B infection has been as follows:
£ million


(38) Information in respect of later years is not yet available.

The research undertaken by the MRC on hepatitis generally and hepatitis C may also be of relevance.

The Department funds research to support policy and to provide the evidence needed to underpin quality improvement and service development in the national health service. The Department's national research programme spend since 2001 on projects related to hepatitis B has been £81,000.

Over 75 per cent. of the Department's total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of individual projects, including a number concerned with hepatitis B infection, can be found on the national research register on the Department's website at

Clinical Standards for Food, Fluid and Nutritional Care

Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will publish NHS draft clinical standards for food, fluid and nutritional care for public consultation. [64271]

Caroline Flint: 'Standards for Better Health', the national standards for the national health service published in July 2004, includes the following core standard.

C15. Where food is provided, health care organisations have systems in place to ensure that

The draft of 'Standards for Better Health' was publicly consulted on from February to May 2004.

Clinical Trials

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females took part in clinical trials in each year since 1996, broken down by health authority. [60848]

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Jane Kennedy: The information requested is not held centrally at present. The Government's new national health research strategy "Best Research for Best Health", published on 25 January 2006, included plans to strengthen the information systems that support health research.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what legislation governs clinical trials in hospitals in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement. [60927]

Jane Kennedy: The legislation that governs clinical trials of drugs is the Medicines for Human Use (Clinical Trials) Regulations 2004. The Medical Device Regulations 2002 govern the trials of medical devices. These regulations apply to trials conducted in hospitals as well as to trials conducted in units attached to hospitals or elsewhere. One requirement of the regulations governing clinical trials is that anyone conducting a trial does it in accordance with the conditions and principles of good clinical practice.

The Research Governance Framework for Health and Social Care (Department of Health, 2005) applies the same principles across all health and social care research which relate to the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health. A core standard for health care organisations is that they have systems to ensure the principles and requirements of this framework are consistently applied. National health service bodies have to take this standard into account in discharging their duty, under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003, to put and keep in place arrangements for the purpose of monitoring and improving the quality of health care.

The clinical negligence scheme for trusts is a scheme established under the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 for meeting losses and liabilities of health service bodies in England and Wales. Health Service Guidelines HSG(96)48 set out the scope of NHS Indemnity, which includes the liability of NHS bodies for negligent harm to subjects of clinical research.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the hospitals in England in which clinical trials take place; and if she will make a statement. [60930]

Jane Kennedy: Clinical trials take place at all national health service hospital trusts in England with the exception of Calderstones NHS Trust.

The information requested is collected on a trust basis and not by individual hospital.


Mr. Gale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department's target waiting time is for an urgent colonoscopy. [48912]

Jane Kennedy [holding answer 7 February 2006]: There are no specific waiting time targets for urgent colonoscopies. However, where a patient needs an urgent colonoscopy following urgent referral by their general practitioner for suspected cancer, the whole patient pathway from referral to commencing treatment should not exceed 62 days.
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Outside of the cancer pathway, by 2008, there will be a maximum 18-week pathway from referral to treatment. This will include time spent waiting for diagnostic tests.


Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were registered with an NHS dentist in West Chelmsford constituency in 1997. [63321]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of adults and children registered with a national health service dentist in West Chelmsford Constituency as at 31 December 1997 is shown in the table.

Dental Practice Board

Departmental Policies

Emily Thornberry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to Islington, South and Finsbury constituency, the effects on Islington, South and Finsbury of her Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [60732]

Jane Kennedy: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the Islington South and Finsbury areas.

For example:

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