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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which organisations have been consulted during the review of funding for childrens hospices; and how many meetings have been held with representatives of those organisations; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Professor Sir Alan Craft, Head of Child Health at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and Sue Killen, a senior civil servant, are leading the review into the future sustainability of palliative care services for children and young people who have a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. We expect to receive their recommendations during February.
A full list of those consulted, and a list of the meetings and visits conducted as part of the review will be made public at the time the report is published in the spring. In the meantime, it would not be sensible to comment on future, long-term funding arrangements.
Ms Rosie Winterton: All national health service employers have a duty to ensure that their staff are properly trained for the duties they undertake. It is a matter for strategic health authorities and NHS trusts locally to include provision for any necessary training in their development plans for services.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who is responsible for the incorporation of special case files into medical records at North Staffordshire NHS trust and the Royal Brompton hospital; and if she will take steps to ensure full integration of the records. 
Caroline Flint: Information from special case files should not be included in medical records without the consent of the individual patient concerned. The patient should also agree the person to whom information should be disclosed, and this should normally be a clinician who is actively involved in providing care to the patient. A clinician in receipt of such information must determine whether to record it within the patients record and should do so where the information is relevant to the ongoing care of the patient concerned.
Andy Burnham: Netcare provides healthcare services through the independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme but also provides services in addition to those contracts. The Department does not routinely collect information on independent providers total work force.
Netcare has provided information on total clinical staff numbers as part of the bidding process for phase two of the ISTC programme. The information, provided in 2005 showed approximately 10,950 clinical staff. The other information requested is not held by the Department.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many fillings were undertaken by NHS dentists in the Torbay primary care trust area in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
|Number of individual teeth filled by national health service dentists within Torbay PCT in the years ending 31 March 1999-2006|
|Year ending 31 March||Number of teeth filled|
1. The Information Centre for health and social care
2. NHS Business Services Authority
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prescription items were dispensed by the NHS in each year since 1990; and what the total (a) gross and (b) net cost of these items was in each year. 
|Prescription items (Thousand)||Net ingredient cost (£000)|
These figures do not include drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts, or private prescriptions. Information on the gross cost of prescription items dispensed is not collected centrally.
Net ingredient cost (NIC) is the basic cost of a drug. It does not take account of discounts, dispensing costs, fees or prescription charges income.
Prescription cost analysis data from the prescription pricing division of the NHS Business Services Authority
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to table 5 in her Department's Memorandum to the Health Committee entitled Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2006, HC 1692-i, published 21 November 2006, what the total NHS Trust reported use of additional resources for the purpose of debt repayment was in each year since 2001-02, expressed (a) as a percentage of the additional resources available and (b) in cash terms; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The data used in table five in response to the Health Select Committee memorandum were constructed using data collected from national health service trusts as part of the process for increasing in-year financial monitoring and were collected for the first time in 2005-06. Therefore, the historical information requested is not available.
Andy Burnham: Independent Sector Treatment Centres (ISTCs) are increasing the number and variety of training opportunities. Seven ISTCs are able to provide training and training has taken place within ISTCs in both nursing and orthopaedics.
Postgraduate deans have requested that activity is available for training purposes in the second phase of
ISTCs. Independent providers will be expected to appoint directors of postgraduate training to work with local deaneries to oversee training provision within ISTCs across a range of clinical professions.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many people were diagnosed with skin cancer (a) in each year between 1987 and 1997 and (b) in the last 10 years. I am replying in her absence. 
The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2004. Figures showing the number of cases of melanoma skin cancer registered in England, for the years 1985 to 2004, are given in the table below.
|Numbers of newly diagnosed cases of melanoma skin( 1) cancer registered in England, 1985-2004|
|(1) Melanoma skin cancer is defined: from 1979 to 1994 as code 172 in the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (1CD-9); from 1995 as code C43 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10).|
Office for National Statistics
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking how many diagnoses of skin cancer there have been since the imposition of VAT on sunscreen. I am replying in her absence. (118930)
The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2004. They are published in the Annual Reference Volume, Cancer statistics: Registrations (Series MB1) available on the NS website http://www.statistics. gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=8843&Pos=l&ColRanks=2&Rank=272
Sunscreen, unless prescribed by a medical practitioner, has been subject to VAT since the introduction of this tax in 1973. The number of newly diagnosed cases of melanoma skin cancer registered in England between 1973 and 2004 is 114,911.
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