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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has issued guidance to primary care trusts on commissioning health services for the elderly since March 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Healthcare Commission assumed responsibility for the second (independent review) stage of national health service complaints at the end of July 2004. The number of cases received since then is shown as follows:
|Primary care trust||Audiological assessments total waiting over six weeks|
|Strategic health authority||Audiological assessments total waiting over six weeks|
Department of Health Monthly Diagnostics
|Calls received (000)||Visits to NHS Direct Online (000)|
A number of approaches have been adopted to enable stakeholders to influence the work of the NHS Institute including an involvement framework that sets out its commitment to working with patients and the public.
As part of this framework the NHS Institute has invited key stakeholders, patient representatives, voluntary sector representatives and NHS Institute staff to meet as an "Involvement Think Tank' to help it take the involvement agenda forward.
Ben Chapman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce the commissioning of new research into the scale, costs and causes of waste medicines to inform policy development for influencing both health professionals and members of the public to reduce the amount of unwanted medicines as referred to in the answer of 12 September 2007, Official Report, column 2084W, on primary care trusts: drugs. 
Dawn Primarolo: Organisations have been invited to submit outline proposals on how to investigate the scale, costs and causes of waste medicines, to inform the development of Government policy for influencing both health professionals and members of the public to reduce the amount of unwanted medicines and provide value for money for the national health service. Invitations to tender were placed in The Guardian on 16 October 2007 and in the Health Service Journal on 25 October 2007.
Ann Keen: In 2004 the Department issued the code of practice for the international recruitment of healthcare professionals. This provides a framework for the ethical recruitment and employment of all international healthcare professionals including nurses.
NHS Employers, established in late 2004, is responsible for the publication of practical guidance and advice on workforce issues including the hiring of non-European Union/European economic area nurses.
Dawn Primarolo: The Department does not collect figures for nurse prescribers centrally. Latest figures provided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council show that there were over 10,800 qualified nurse independent prescribers and almost 27,000 qualified community practitioner nurse prescribers as at 1 November 2007.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to grant free prescriptions for people with (a) asthma and (b) other long-term illnesses; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: People are entitled to free prescriptions in respect of a number of long-term medical conditions, if they hold a valid medical exemption certificate. Asthma is not one of these long-term conditions.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the total expenditure of the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority, and its predecessor bodies, was on (a) public relations agencies, (b) public affairs agencies, (c) advertising agencies, (d) direct marketing agencies and (e) other external communications agencies in each of the last five years; 
(3) what contracts the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority has with (a) public relations agencies, (b) public affairs agencies, (c) advertising agencies and (d) direct marketing agencies; 
Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what costs were borne by social services associated with the special adaptation of homes and other facilities for those affected by Thalidomide in each of the last 10 years; 
(3) what direct medical costs were associated with the treatment of the parents of those affected by Thalidomide for conditions associated with their child's condition borne by the NHS in each of the last 10 years; 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all representations made relating to the West Sussex Primary Care Trusts Fit for the Future consultation before 26 July 2007 will be considered. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the impact on ambulance transfer times in Sussex of the closure of accident and emergency services at Worthing Hospital. 
Dawn Primarolo: It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) in conjunction with other local stakeholders and their strategic health authorities (SHAs) to make assessments of current and future health needs and to commission services accordingly. South East Coast SHA has advised our officials that in this case West Sussex PCT has carried out the assessment.
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