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Caroline Flint: The devolved administration in Wales has adopted different approaches to the development of IT support in the health service in Wales from those being delivered through the national programme to the national health service in England, based on its own functional requirements, administrative arrangements, and assessment of priorities. For example, Wales has a different approach to electronic booking of patient appointments, and a different policy on prescribing.
The opportunity was provided for the National Assembly for Wales to join the procurement exercise for England but, at the time, they chose not to do so, which is their right under devolved government arrangements. However, through the UK Information Management and Technology Forum, and the NHS Information Standards Board, national programme officials work closely with officials in the devolved administrations and the Northern Ireland Office to ensure common standards and interoperability of clinical information systems. Where the countries are following a common approach, there are opportunities for using the same systems.
Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of appointees to NHS health trusts in each region (a) have declared political affiliations and (b) have declared that they are members of the (i) Labour, (ii) Liberal Democrat and (iii) Conservative parties. 
|Cost of the national health service IT programme|
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Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of providing (a) drugs and (b) other treatments approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 11 December 2006]: Each piece of guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) contains an estimate of the cost to the national health service (NHS) of its implementation. NICEs estimate of the total cost of providing the treatments recommended in its technology appraisal guidance published in the period October 2005 to October 2006 was £214.34 million for drugs and £126.7 million for other treatments. The Department has made no separate estimate of these costs.
Caroline Flint: In July 2006 the Food Standards Agency published the results of a systematic review of the evidence on the effects of nutrition, diet and dietary change on children's learning and school performance.
The systematic review was unable to reach firm conclusions on the effect of diet on performance, including that related to omega 3 fish oil supplements. As such Government advice on this issue remains unchanged, recommending two portions of fish a week of which one should be oily.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures complainants should follow when complaining about a particular NHS consultation before complaining to the Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman. 
Any person affected by or likely to be affected by the action, omission or decision of an NHS body may make a complaint to that body under the NHS complaints procedure. The complainant would need to be able to demonstrate how they would be affected by that action, omission or decision. If the complainant is not satisfied with the outcome of the complaint at local level, the complainant may request the Healthcare Commission to consider the complaint. If still not satisfied, the complainant may request that the Health Service Commissioner consider the complaint.
Caroline Flint: There are no plans to issue any warning to General Practitioners on this issue. Both the Department and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs have reviewed the available evidence of risk to human health through the joint Human and Animal Infections Risk Surveillance Group, coordinated by the Health Protection Agency, and concluded that exposure to the metacercarial stage that is infectious to man is likely to be rare and confined to those who handle or consume the parasite in raw fish. Ongoing parasitic surveys of wild fish have revealed no evidence of P. truncata in any fish species in the UK.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her latest estimate is of the proportion of patients in each of the groups whose health is deemed at risk from seasonal influenza who have received their seasonal influenza immunisation for the 2006-07 winter. 
|Table 1: Flu vaccine uptake by end October 2006|
| Source: Provisional national uptake data to the end of October have been collected by the Health Protection Agency. This data are collected on a monthly basis. The October figure is based on the response of 6,011 out of 8,475 GP practices in England. Weekly update data from spotter practice surveillance scheme .|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when her Department expects to launch the £50 million advertising campaign to tackle the rise in sexually transmitted infections announced by her predecessor on 26 November 2004; 
The budget for this campaign is currently approximately £4 million this financial year. This is a significant level of funding, which has enabled us to produce an effective, integrated multi-media campaign targeting some of the hardest to reach young people who are most at risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections.
Condom Essential Wear, which involves TV, radio and press advertising backed by extensive public relations, partnership marketing and web and digital activity, primarily targets 18 to 24-year-olds who engage in sexually risky behaviour and who statistically
are among the most at risk of contracting STIs. It has been developed on social marketing principles, which means it starts from the position of the consumer with the aim of bringing about long-term positive behavioural change.
It is one of three current Government campaigns working to improve sexual health and reduce teenage pregnancy, complementing the Department for Education and Skillss teenage pregnancy campaigns R U Thinking, aimed at 13 to 16-year-olds, and Want Respect? Use a Condom, aimed at 16 to 18-year-olds. This integrated communications approach enables us to effectively target young people across the age groups.
Caroline Flint: The Government announced on 1 December that the smokefree provisions within the Health Act 2006, which will make virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces smokefree, will be implemented at 6 am on Sunday, 1 July.
Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she has taken to ensure that primary care trusts in Hampshire will not be required to fund any shortfall in the number of patients referred to the proposed Southampton Independent Sector Treatment Centre. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 11 December 2006]: The Southampton independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) is part of phase two of the ISTC programme. Phase two contracts are between the Secretary of State for Health and the independent sector providers. The referral risk is shared between Secretary of State for Health and the provider. Primary care trusts in Hampshire will, therefore, not be required to fund any shortfall in the number of patients referred to the proposed Southampton ISTC.
|Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Medical staff working in the urology specialty by grade and yearEngland as at 30 September each year|
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