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Ann Keen: Within the overall resources allocated, it is a matter for each strategic health authority (SHA) to determine its own priorities including how much is spent on pre-registration training commissions for podiatrists. Under the current service level agreement with SHAs each SHA is expected to provide for investment in training commissions based on long-term work force need and local financial plans.
Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of specialist nurses in the delivery of health and social care to those with long-term conditions. 
Ann Keen: Specialist nurses provide a valuable additional resource in the treatment and management of many long-term conditions. They can help people to manage their condition to maintain stability, improve quality of life and prevent frequent admission to hospital and reduce length of stay
The Government remain committed to the continued development of such roles, and to ensuring that there are enough specialist nurses and other health care professionals to provide high quality services for all client groups.
The responsibility for specific staffing numbers and skill mix rests with the local national health service. We have given local NHS organisations the freedom to decide how best to use their resources, in consultation with local stakeholders, as they know the health needs of their local communities best.
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to make the use of prion removal blood filters mandatory in the UK should the tests on prion removal blood filters in blood transfusions in Ireland prove successful. 
Dawn Primarolo: No estimates have been made of the likely number of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) cases arising from blood transfusion over the next two years. However the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee (SEAC) did issue a position statement on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy infectivity in blood in 2006. A copy of the statement can be found on the SEAC website at
Dawn Primarolo: The United Kingdom blood services are independently evaluating the efficacy of the prion reduction filters that are currently available and which meet the qualifying criteria laid down by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs for Transplantation.
Dawn Primarolo: There have been three cases of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) in the United Kingdom arising from blood transfusions from donors who subsequently died of vCJD. All three patients have died. A fourth patient who received a transfusion from a donor who subsequently died was also found to have abnormal prion protein in the spleen and a lymph node after dying of an unrelated illness.
Mr. Anthony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many inquiries to the (a) NHS Direct telephone service and (b) NHS Direct online service on the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme have been made since April 2006. 
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many community nurses experienced (a) physical abuse and (b) verbal abuse in each year since 1997; how many representations his Department has received about abuse towards community nurses; and if he will make a statement. 
In April 2003 the NHS Security Management Service (NHS SMS) was created and assumed responsibility for the issue of tackling violence against NHS staff. Since its creation, the NHS SMS has collected data on the number of reported physical assaults against national health service staff in England for the reporting periods 2004-05 and 2005-06, broken down by NHS trust. This data has been placed in the Library.
Both the Department and the NHS SMS take the security of community nurses very seriously. The NHS
SMS is in continual contact with a wide range of stakeholders representing and involved in the work of community nursing.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) type of section and (b) age of patient. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information about the number of patients detained in England under the Mental Health Act 1983 by type of section in national health service hospitals and independent hospitals registered to detain people under the Mental Health Act 1983 between 1997 and 2006 has been obtained from the Information Centre for health and social care. This information is shown in the following table.
|All formal admissions to independent hospitals registered to detain patients under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation, by legal status, 1996-97 to 2005-06. Includes changes in legal status from informal to formal of patients while in the hospitalEngland|
|Number of admissions|
|(1) From 1995-96 transfers between providers without a change in legal status are not included. Changes from informal to formal status while in hospital area also included.|
(2 )From 1995-96, these admissions are counted under the appropriate section at the point was formally admitted to hospital.
(R) Revised from bulletin published in December 2004.
KH15, K037 and KP90
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