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Key to Arm’s Length Body abbreviations
Abbreviation ALB name

CfH

Connecting for Health

CHRE

Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

CPPIH

Commission for Patient & Public Involvement in Health

CSCI

Commission for Social Care Inspection

DPB

Dental Practice Board

DVTA

Dental Vocational Training Authority

ENB

English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

FHSAA

Family Health Services Appeal Authority

GSCC

General Social Care Council

HC

Healthcare Commission

had

Health Development Agency

HFEA

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority

HPA

Health Protection Agency

MHAC

Mental Health Act Commission

MHRA- Devices

Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency — Devices

Monitor

Monitor — Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts

NBA (inc BPL)

National Blood Authority

NBSB

National Biological Standards Board

NCAA

National Clinical Assessment Authority

NHS AC

Appointments Commission

NHS BSA

NHS Business Services Authority

NHS BT

NHS Blood & Transplant

NHS CFSMS

NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service

NHS DIRECT

NHS DIRECT

NHS EST

NHS Estates

NHS IA/HSCIC

NHS Information Authority / Health & Social Care Information Centre

NHS LA

NHS Litigation Authority

NHS LOGS

NHS Logistics Authority

NHS MOD

NHS Modernisation Agency

NHS PA

NHS Pensions Agency

NHS PASA

NHS Purchasing & Supply Agency

NHS PROF

NHS Professionals

NHSU

NHS University

NICE

National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence

NIII

NHS Institute for Innovation & Improvement

NPSA

National Patient Safety Agency

NRPB

National Radiological Protection Board

NTA

National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

PHLS

Public Health Laboratory Service Board

PMETB

Postgraduate Medical Education & Training Board

PPA

Prescription Pricing Authority

ROC/HTA

Retained Organs Committee / Human Tissue Authority

UKT

UK Transplant


General Practitioners: Lancashire

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of general practitioner practices in West Lancashire constituency have closed their lists to new patients. [143524]


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Andy Burnham: The information requested is not collected centrally. Central Lancashire primary care trust advise that there are no general practitioner practices in West Lancashire that have closed lists.

Harold Shipman Tribunal of Inquiry

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of the Shipman Inquiry. [143710]

Andy Burnham: The cost of the Shipman Inquiry was £21 million.

Health Services

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she published the conclusions of the review announced in paragraph 3.34 of the Health White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say; and if she will place a copy in the Library. [142044]

Andy Burnham: No date has yet been set for publication. Once published, a copy will be placed in the Library.

Health Services: Children

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department’s guidance on the application of the statutory definition of children in need includes children affected by alcohol misuse. [138560]

Mr. Dhanda: I have been asked to reply.

Children are defined as ‘in need’ under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 if they are unlikely to achieve or maintain a reasonable level of health or development, or their health or development would be significantly impaired, without the provision of services by the local authority with children’s services responsibility.

The Government’s guidance, “A Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families” (2000) provides guidance on undertaking assessments to support professional judgments about how to help children and families in the best interests of the child. Circumstances such as the misuse of alcohol by a child or by others within the child’s family would be among the factors taken into account when carrying out such an assessment.

Health Services: Social Services

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what statutory obligations govern the co-ordination of service delivery between local primary care trusts and local authority delivered social services; [142895]

(2) what guidance is given to primary care trusts and local authority controlled social services serving the same geographical and administrative area on the co-ordination of their service delivery. [142896]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The main pieces of legislation governing co-operation between the national health service and local authorities providing social services are:


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The Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill includes provisions to enhance local partnership working and strengthen the role of local area agreements (LAAs). LAAs will form the central delivery contract between local government and its partners. The provisions in the Bill include: a new duty on upper tier local authorities and authorities with upper tier responsibilities to produce a LAA in consultation with other local partners; a new duty on named partners and the local authority to co-operate with each other to agree the targets within the LAA, and to have regard to those targets; and a new duty on local authorities and PCTs to develop a joint strategic needs assessment of the health and social care needs of their local population, the findings of the which will feed into the sustainable community strategy and subsequently the targets in the LAA.

Guidance on the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill, including the provisions on partnership working between local authorities and the NHS, will be issued by Communities and Local Government when the Bill receives Royal Assent.

Hospital Beds: Cumbria

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost of bed blocking to Cumbria primary care trust and its predecessor primary care trusts in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [142905]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The requested information is not collected centrally.

Hospitals: Admissions

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the incidence of patients who having been discharged were subsequently re-admitted for the same complaint within (a) one week, (b) two weeks, (c) one month, (d) two months, (e) three months, (f) four months, (g) five months and (h) six months; and if she will make a statement. [138742]


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Andy Burnham: The information requested is not collected in the format requested. However, the Department does collect information on emergency re-admissions and this information can be accessed on the National Centre for Health Outcomes Development website at:

Medical Treatments: Greater London

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she plans to use (a) epidemiological data and (b) other research evidence in the further development of the Pan London 3 Year Treatment Information Initiative Commissioning Intentions 2007-2010; and if she will make a statement. [140534]

Andy Burnham: This is a matter for London primary care trusts as they are responsible for commissioning pan-London prevention and treatment information programmes.

New Deal for Carers

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how the £1 million allocated as part of the consultation on the New Deal for Carers will be spent; [144009]

(2) which organisations she expects to receive funds from the £1 million allocated as part of the consultation on carers. [144010]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The £1 million support to carers' organisations that was announced as part of the package on the consultation on the New Deal for Carers is to be made available to national organisations who provide direct support to carers generally and who have a high profile and regard in the field. They will be organisations who have provided close support to the Government in the development of the New Deal for Carers which was formally launched by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 23 February this year.

The funding will be made available to help such organisations to build their capacity to provide direct support for carers.

NHS Treatment Centres: Standards

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the performance of NHS walk-in centres at (a) Royal Surrey County Hospital, (b) Surrey Primary Care Trust and (c) in England; and if she will make a statement. [143279]

Andy Burnham: National health service walk-in centres are local services which are commissioned or provided by primary care trusts (PCTs). The White Paper “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say” strongly endorsed such centres as they contribute significantly to improving access to services for many people. Performance management of an individual centre is, however, a matter for the responsible PCT.


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NHS: Drugs

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when her Department's response to the consultation on branded generic medicines will be published; [144047]

(2) what conclusions she has reached following the consultation on branded generic medicines on their potential to produce savings for the NHS; and if she will make a statement. [144049]

Caroline Flint: The Department has received the report of the Office of Fair Trading's market study of the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme and will consider its findings on this matter before we finally decide upon what action to take concerning branded generic medicines.


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