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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the average length of service was for practising NHS (a) GPs, (b) dentists and (c) hospital consultants in each of the last 15 years; 
Andy Burnham: Information on how much the national health service paid to private health care providers is not separately identified in the annual financial returns of primary care trusts (PCT), health authorities and NHS trusts for 1997-98 or 2000-01.
For information about expenditure on non-NHS bodies, which include private providers, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 16 April 2007, Official Report, column 366W, to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr. Lansley).
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the survival rates from (a) heart attack and (b) all cancers were in (i) the most recent period for which figures are available, (ii) 1997 and (iii) 1987. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Data to enable assessment of survival after heart attack are not collected centrally. However treatment for heart attack has been audited since 2002 in England. These data indicate that in 2002 the 30-day mortality rate following treatment for heart attack was about 11 per cent. For 2006, the figure was about 9.5 per cent.
Information on one-year and five-year survival rates by individual cancer type is published by the Office for National Statistics. The information has been placed in the Library and is available of their website at:
Compared with results for patients diagnosed during 1996-99, the five-year survival figures for patients diagnosed during 1998-2001 were around 2.5 percentage points higher for breast cancer in women and for colon cancer in both men and women. Survival for lung cancer increased slightly, by half a percentage point in men and by just over 1 percentage point in women. For prostate cancer, there was a rise of 6 percentage points, but much of this was due to the increasingly widespread use of prostate-specific antigen testing.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology is used to assess the (a) quality and (b) effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation services; what targets have been established in relation to cardiac rehabilitation; and if she will assess the merits of assessing the quality of such rehabilitation services in terms of deaths avoided. 
The National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease (CHD NSF) published in 2000 contained some milestones and a goal for each hospital to reach. This goal stated that every hospital should ensure:
that all people discharged from hospital with a primary diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction or after coronary revascularisation are offered appropriate cardiac rehabilitation;
that one year after discharge at least 50 per cent. of survivors are non-smokers, exercise regularly and have a body mass index of less than 30 kg/m2; these should be demonstrated by clinical audit data no more than 12 months old.
There is evidence including a Healthcare Commission review of the CHD NSF recommendations for cardiac rehabilitation published in March 2005 that there are some aspects of cardiac rehabilitation that need further improvements.
The need to achieve better information about patterns of service and uptake by patients is being addressed by a new National Cardiac Rehabilitation Audit. It is being developed across England to provide stronger evidence on quality and effectiveness and encourage local areas to appraise and improve their provision of cardiac rehabilitation.
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what assessment she has made of the standard of services and treatment available to people with (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohns disease; 
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1711W, on information prescriptions, what criteria were used to select areas for information prescription charges. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: It is anticipated that information prescriptions will be delivered free of charge. The bidding criteria sent to prospective pilot organisations has been the basis for their selection.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2006, Official Report, column 1711W, on information prescriptions, how long she expects trials to last. 
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 44W, on inter-authority transfers, what criteria are used in determining whether to approve an inter-authority transfer. 
Andy Burnham: In making inter-authority transfers (IAT), the Secretary of State acts on the advice of strategic health authorities. The requests to make transactions are made through monthly financial monitoring forms. In agreeing each IAT request, the Department validates the respective monitoring forms to ensure that all parties to the transaction have agreed the value, expenditure type and reason for the transfer. All discrepancies are remitted to the individual organisations concerned.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are taken to ensure that junior doctors (Foundation Year 2 and Senior House Officer) working in paediatrics complete a certified paediatric life support course before being on call in England. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The content and standard of postgraduate medical training is the responsibility of the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board, which is the competent authority for postgraduate medical training in the United Kingdom. Its role is that of custodian of quality standards in postgraduate medical education and practice. It is not practicable or desirable for the Government to prescribe the exact training that any individual doctor will receive. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recommends courses run by the Advanced Life Support Group which is a registered medical education charity.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of post graduate posts and junior doctors posts funded by the Department from the Medical and Dental Education and Training Levy (MADEL) from 2003-04 to 2007-08 are shown in the following table.
|Number of MADEL funded posts, 2003-04 to 2007-08|
|Number of posts|
1. 2007-08 MADEL figures include 351 SHO posts and 527 SpR posts that are rebased from service.
2. Due to changes in methodology, MADEL figures are not available prior to 2003-04.
MADEL allocations data
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to increase the number of posts available for junior doctors applying for speciality training in 2007; and what help she plans to offer to junior doctors who do not get a training post this year. 
In addition, the Department is working up a package of measures with key stakeholders to support junior doctors who do not get a training post this year. Key stakeholders include the medical Royal Colleges, British Medical Association, strategic health authorities, postgraduate deans, deaneries, employers and NHS Employers.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to implement a separate payment by results tariff for neonatal transport; and if she will make a statement. 
However, we are currently consulting on the future of payment by results. No decisions will be made on a tariff for 2009-10 until this is completed. The Options for the Future of Payment by Results: 2008-09-2010-11 consultation document was published on 15 March 2007. This is available in the Library.
Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 22 March 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, what information her Department took into account in drawing up the four national choice guarantees in Maternity Matters; and what (a) information will be collected and (b) research will be undertaken to assist in implementing the guarantees by the end of 2009. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Maternity Matters was drawn up to meet the key commitments on choice made in the maternity standard of the 2004 national service framework for children, young people and maternity services; the 2005 manifesto and the 2006 White Paper Our Health, our care, our say. An indicator will be developed for Maternity Matters together with some baseline indicators being developed through the Healthcare Commissions local patient experience survey this summer.
The national health service operating framework 2007-08 includes maternity as an area for preparatory work by primary care trusts to support the commitments for 2009, using 2007-08 to assess current services, identify gaps and any barriers to service development and to set out their local strategy for meeting these commitments.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether applicants to medical schools are asked about their views on (a) abortion, (b) contraception, (c) euthanasia and (d) assisted dying; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: All aspects of selection and admission are the responsibility of individual higher education institutions (HEIs) and medical schools. HEIs are independent, autonomous bodies responsible for their own assessment procedures and course arrangements. Ministers are precluded by legislation from intervening in their internal affairs.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the numbers of people subject to supervised discharge at any one time is not available. The number of patients in national health service facilities since 1997 who became subject to supervised discharge is shown in the table.
No information is held centrally on the number of people on supervision registers.
Information Centre published data forms KH16 and KP90
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