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Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the commitment contained in the White Paper, Our health, Our care, Our say, for training all staff who look after people at the end of their lives, will incorporate staff working in care homes. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The programme of action outlined in Our Health, Our Care, Our Say sets out a clear direction for end of life care, which will deliver increased choice to all patients, regardless of their age or condition, about where they live and die, and provide them with the support to make this possible. The continuation of the current end of life care programme is a key part of this wider plan of action. The end of life care programme is providing training to staff in all settings, including care homes, in the principles of palliative and end of life care.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Government are committed to reducing waiting times for the results of cervical screening. In order to inform a way forward, national health service cancer screening programmes commissioned a formal options appraisal from the School of Health and Related Research in Sheffield.
Officials are now considering the findings of the report with key stakeholders, including the advisory committee on cervical screening. A series of possible actions to speed up the results of cervical screening are being developed, and advice will be sent to the national health service in due course.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate she has made of the number of people who will meet the eligibility criteria for NHS continuing health care which are set out in the Governments proposals for a new national framework for NHS continuing health care; 
Until this process is completed, it will not be possible to make a decision about funding levels and no estimate of the number of individuals eligible for NHS funding can be made. However, the national framework will not change the existing legal basis for the provision of NHS continuing health care. Fully funded NHS continuing health care will continue to be provided for all those individuals whose primary need is a health need.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she will reply to the hon. Member for West Worcestershires letter of 11 July about the closure of the residential side of Osborne Court community unit. 
Caroline Flint: The Health Act 2006 contains a wide range of regulation-making powers, covering issues such as smoke-free premises, pharmaceutical services, ophthalmic services, the Appointments Commission and the national health service cost recovery scheme. The timetable for publication of regulations also varies considerably, depending on the circumstances in each case. The following regulations have already been published:
draft regulations, Smoke-free premises and vehicles, were published for consultation on 17 July. The consultation finished on 9 October 2006 and Ministers are considering the responses before publishing final regulations; and
regulations in respect of the Appointments Commission were made on 4 September and came into force on 1 October 2006 (SI2006/2380).
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the total unified financial allocation to each primary care trust (PCT) for 2006-07; and what was the allocation per head of population for each PCT. 
Caroline Flint: The national health service currently uses iSOFT products extensively outside the national programme for information technology (IT) in the NHS. In light of the financial statements made by iSOFT, Connecting for Health reminded all NHS trusts that it was normal best practice to ensure that copies of the software they use is held in escrow allowed within their own locally owned contracts.
Connecting for Health, the agency delivering the national programme for IT, does not contract directly with iSOFT. iSOFT is contracted to deliver clinical software to local service providers in three of the five clusters. One of the local service providers, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), has agreed with iSOFT additional rights to step in and undertake the management of development of iSOFTs Lorenzo software in the event that iSOFT fails to meet its agreed delivery targets.
Mr. Byers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the percentage of missed appointments was in each hospital in London in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and what the financial costs were for each hospital. 
|Table showing market forces factor applied to national tariff for NHS providers in England in 2006-07|
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List of providers, as determined by 2006-07 PbR baseline exercise
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