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The following information relates to cases processed at second stage by the NHS prior to July 2004, on cases requesting independent review, and cases referred to independent review panels within each year:
|Requests||Referred to independent review panel|
Not all requests would have been referred to an independent panel; but they would all have undergone some degree of second stage process in order to determine whether consideration by an independent review panel would be appropriate.
Complaints that are not resolved at stage two may be referred to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO), the third stage of the complaints procedure. Therefore information on numbers of NHS complaints processed at the third stage is held by the PHSO and is not collected by the Department of Health nor held centrally. The information can be obtained by request to the PHSO direct at www.ombudsman.org.uk
Andy Burnham: On the basis of results reported at quarter 3 2006-07, we believe that the national health service is on course to at least deliver a balanced financial position at the end of the 2006-07 and continues to perform well against key service targets.
Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what audit has been undertaken of the deliverability of the volume of clinical bookings it is planned to make on the new NHS IT system. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 23 April 2007]: Proof of solution testing before the system went live in 2004 demonstrated that the choose and book system would be able to perform satisfactorily when dealing with the design target for bookings during the peak hour, that is some 8,400 bookings per hour, which is equivalent to 15.8 million bookings per year. This test was repeated in 2005.
In addition, as part of the 2004 tests a scalability test was conducted to demonstrate that the system could scale beyond the peak hour rate (8,400). The system was tested up to 280 per cent. of the peak hour level (up to 23,000 bookings per hour).
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in developing a common assessment framework, as referred to in paragraph 5.26 of her Departments White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department has convened a policy collaborative, which includes representation from a range of stakeholders across health and social care, to advise on the development of policy proposals for a common assessment framework for adults. The policy collaborative has met three times since it was launched in October 2006.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed as (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year since 1997; and what estimate she has made of the number of (A) adults and (B) children who were (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year since 1997. 
Caroline Flint: The main source of data on the prevalence of overweight and obesity among children and adults is the Health Survey for England (HSE). The information is not available in the format requested. The information on the estimated number of overweight and obese adults and children in England is unavailable, as the HSE reports on percentages rather than the numbers.
|Table 1: O verweight and obesity prevalence among adults, by gender, 1997 to 2005, England|
|Unweighted( 1)||Weighted( 1)|
Data from 2003 onwards have been weighted for non-response. Unweighted data for 2003 onwards are provided for consistency with previous years which are also unweighted.
Health Survey for England 2005updating of trend tables to include 2005 data. The Information Centre
|Table 2: Overweight and obesity prevalence among children aged 2 to 15, by gender, 1997 to 2005, England|
From 2003 data were also weighted for non response. Data weighted for child selection only are provided for consistency with previous years.
Health Survey for England 2005 - updating of trend tables to include 2005 data. The Information Centre
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