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|Average daily number of available neonatal intensive care beds in England, 2001-02 to 2005-06|
1. This is the average daily number of beds available in wards open overnight classified as intensive care: Neonates.
2. Intensive care: neonates is actually the number of beds in wards classified as 'neonates: intensive care wards'. Therefore this may include beds that are not neonatal intensive care beds.
Department of Health form KH03
Andy Burnham: The Government are concerned about national health service patients affected by adverse events. It established the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) in July 2001 to develop and maintain a national reporting and learning system (NRLS) for patient safety incidents so that these incidents could be analysed and sources of risk identified and acted upon. This system is now in place across the NHS, all trusts have been connected and are reporting to the system from late 2005. Data collected by the agency are based on incidents reported by NHS staff.
The NPSA is reviewing incidents resulting in death and is in discussion with key stakeholders to identify appropriate strategies to address the underlying risk in areas where there is the opportunity for a national patient safety solution.
improving compliance with oral methotrexate;
reducing the harm caused by misplaced naso and orgastric feeding tubes in babies under the care of neonatal units;
correct site surgery;
advice on reducing harm caused by the misplacement of nasogastric tubes;
clean hands help to save lives;
crash call number; and
safe storage and handling of potassium chloride.
clean your hands campaign99 per cent. of hospitals in England and 100 per cent. of hospitals in Wales have implemented this campaign. It is expected that at least 89 deaths per year will be averted, rising to 445 averted deaths per year after five years; and
potassium chlorideit is estimated that one to two deaths every year are prevented.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase the number of acute beds for mental health patients of (a) working age and (b) above working age in Gloucestershire. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: There are no plans by the Department to increase the number of acute mental health beds for people of working age and above working age in Gloucestershire. It is for local national health service primary care trusts in conjunction with their strategic health authorities to make an assessment of the local health service provision, including mental health services.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the prevalence rate of myasthenia gravis is; what NHS funded (a) treatment and (b) research facilities there are for the condition; and if she will make a statement. 
Patients with myasthenia gravis are able to access a range of national health service and social care services, tailored to meet their individual needs, to help them manage their condition. It is for primary care trusts, in consultation with other stakeholders, to determine which services, including those for people with myasthenia gravis, their local populations require and to ensure the appropriate provision of these services.
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.
Over 75 per cent. of the Departments total expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of individual
projects, including some concerned with myasthenia gravis, can be found on the national research register at www.dh.gov.uk/research
Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which specialist epileptic care units in (a) Greater London, broken down by London borough, and (b) England require additional funding in order to comply with current Health and Safety standards. 
Children with a medical condition like epilepsy would not be considered to have special educational needs (SEN) unless they also had a significant learning difficulty or their medical condition prevented or hindered them from making use of the educational facilities generally available in their areas for children of their age. If either or both of these reasons applied to a child with epilepsy and it was necessary to assess the child with a view to giving him or her an SEN statement then the child would be assessed and statemented in the same way as other children with SEN. This is provided for by the Education Act 1996 and associated Regulations and set out in the SEN Code of Practice. The assessment arrangements require the local authority to seek written advice from the parents, the school, educational psychologists, health and social services and any others the local authority thinks it is desirable to take advice from. The local authority decides whether to draw up a statement and the contents of any statement in light of this advice.
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elderly people were unable to provide a next of kin whilst seeking medical treatment in each year since 2000; how many of these were consequently unable to obtain treatment; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
Information on the numbers of people who either could not, or chose not to, nominate someone as their next of kin does not exist. The
national health service does not require any person to nominate someone as their next of kin as a condition for obtaining treatment.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid by the NHS in compensation in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust; and for what reasons compensation has been paid during that period. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with Monitor on the number of compulsory redundancies made by NHS foundation trusts in the first six months of 2006-07. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: There are no plans to alter the role of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) in determining the borrowing powers of national health service foundation trusts. The powers of Monitor are set out in the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the extent to which NHS patients have access to the new generation of anti-TNF drugs for rheumatoid arthritis. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: We have made no assessment of the extent to which national health service patients living with rheumatoid arthritis have access to anti-tumour necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs. All primary care trusts in England and Wales are obliged to fund, from general allocations, anti-TNF therapy for those patients with rheumatoid arthritis who meet the clinical guidelines issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which services (a) have been and (b) will be
transferred from Mount Vernon to Royal Free Hospital; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Transfer of the plastic surgery service took place on 3 October 2006, when all elective adult and paediatric in-patient procedures were transferred to the Royal Free Hospital Trust in Hampstead.
However, NHS London reports that the Royal Free Hospital Trust is about to conclude the third successful year of an eight year rolling programme of compliance refurbishment work. Work undertaken this year includes three major ward refurbishments and the creation of a purpose built new medical assessment unit. In February 2007 major refurbishment will continue, to include a further four wards.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of the Choose and Book system at the Royal Free Hospital since its introduction; how many additional staff have been employed to run the system; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the new system. 
Caroline Flint: The NHS West Midlands reports that there is ongoing consultation on local NHS acute services, which relates solely to paediatric and urology services. The local national health service has reasserted its views that the current consultant-led accident and emergency departments at both the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital will be retained. This is in line with ministerial commitments given at the time of the merger in 2003.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people in (a) England, (b) Redbridge and (c) Waltham Forest who have sleep apnoea; what treatment is available for sleep apnoea on the NHS; how many are estimated to suffer from it; where in East London the treatment is available; what policy local primary care trusts have for funding the relevant treatment; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis:
Data on the number of people with sleep apnoea are not available centrally but the British
Snoring and Sleep Apnoea Association estimates that 4 per cent. of men and 2 per cent. of women are affected by the condition.
Patients with sleep apnoea are able to access a range of national health service and social care services, tailored to meet their individual needs, to help them manage their condition. It is for health professionals in primary care organisations, in consultation with other stakeholders, to determine which services their populations require and ensure the appropriate level of provision. In terms of sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, this would include, where appropriate, the provision of continuous positive airway pressure equipment as well as other treatments and interventions such as advice to promote weight loss. It is for health professionals to decide what treatment to offer patients, in consultation with the patient and informed by the patients medical history.
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