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Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 April 2007, Official Report, column 1046W, on the Healthcare Commissions report on NHS Treatment Centres: private sector, when the Healthcare Commission expects to publish its full report. 
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the adequacy of the tender process for an Independent Sector Treatment Centre for South Essex; and if she will make a statement. 
There is a robust process in place for the procurement of phase 2 ISTC services which is being conducted in compliance with European Union procurement law and in accordance with Office of Government Commerce best practice.
Bidders interested in the programme responded to an advertisement in the Official Journal of the European Union and were free to register an expression of interest, and complete a pre-qualifying questionnaire. Following this process, bidders were short-listed and issued with an invitation to negotiate. Bids were then returned for phase 2 schemes.
In order for bidders to progress in the procurement, they are required to meet specific criteria across a range of specifications including clinical services, finance, work force, information management and technology, and contract management.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 April 2007, Official Report, column 1513W, on the NHS: consultants, what recent estimates have been made of the average annual expenditure on management consultancy organisations by the NHS. 
While primary care trusts and NHS trusts operate within the financial framework set by the Department, they are accountable to strategic health authorities for their financial performance, not the Department.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many managed service companies have had a contractual relationship with the NHS in the last two years; and how much the NHS has paid such companies in fees. 
Andy Burnham: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, information relating to the impact of Schedule 3 of the Finance Bill is included in the Regulatory Impact Assessment Managed Service Companies was published on the HM Revenue and Customs website on 29 March 2007 and can be accessed at www.hmrc.gov.uk.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 15 May 2007]: In April 2003 the National Health Service Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for tackling violence against NHS staff, together with all other security related issues in the NHS in England. A comprehensive strategy has been implemented detailing both preventative and re-active action to be taken to tackle this problem both nationally and locally.
The guidance directs the executive director responsible for security locally to ensure full co-operation with investigations into incidents of violence and abuse and it details the requirements to ensure that the person assaulted is kept informed of the progress and outcome of an investigation.
Caroline Flint: This information is not held centrally. However, we do know that electronic record systems, such as those being delivered by the national programme for information technology, capable of sharing patient information wherever and whenever it is needed, provide more complete data and lead to the delivery of better care. No significant body of medical opinion disputes their enormous potential to support better clinical decision taking and reduce the incidence of medical error.
Evidence from environments where electronic patient record systems are already routinely available and used shows, for example, that the number of failed appointments falls because hospitals have accurate and up-to-date addresses for patients. The number of duplicate diagnostic procedures and tests also reduces so that patients do not have to undergo repeat X-rays, reducing their risk of excess radiation and, importantly, patients benefit from knowing their records are up-to-date.
Systems like these deployed under the national programme, including the choose and book electronic bookings system which puts patients in charge of their care, and the patient demographic system, that enables letters to be posted to the correct address and patient information to be handled more efficiently, are already in place in every national health service trust, supporting access to care. These include an acute patient administration system (PAS) and a community hospital PAS deployed to Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust and Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust respectively on 24 February, consisting of core PAS functionality along with accident and emergency, scheduling, and clinical functionality. These systems will serve 267,000 inhabitants in the Milton Keynes area.
Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation there has been with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments on the appointment of the Chairman of the NHSs Provider Development Agency in London. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The appointment of the Chairman of NHS Londons Provider Development Agency was conducted in accordance with normal national health service appointments procedures. The Agency does not fall within the remit of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which (a) management, (b) IT and (c) other consultants have been employed to work on the
Medical Training Application Service; and how much has been paid to each. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 15 May 2007]: Methods Consulting have been contracted to develop and support the Medical Training Application Service. The total costs of this service including set up costs were £1.9 million in 2006-07. The estimated costs of the service over five years are £6.3 million.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The findings of the independent review of childrens palliative care services have been published today and copies are available in the Library. The Government will give thorough consideration to the recommendations and their implications for life-limited children and young people and will publish a detailed response in due course, taking into account any related recommendations from the parallel HM Treasury and Department for Education and Skills disabled childrens review.