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Patient Satisfaction

21. Paddy Tipping: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research he has commissioned into levels of patient satisfaction with the NHS. [174631]

Ann Keen: The Government have one of the world's most comprehensive programmes of patient surveys, including the national patient survey, GP patient survey, Choice survey and NHS staff survey. This research tells us what people think about the care and treatment they have experienced, and is an essential part of improving services.

Parliamentary Questions

22. Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Westminster Hall debate of 27 November 2007, Official Report, columns 58-66WH, what steps he is taking to ensure that people in the East Midlands receive timely treatment for age-related macular degeneration. [174632]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has already recommended the use of photodynamic therapy for treating wet age-related macular degeneration in some patients, and all PCTs are funding this treatment in accordance with its guidance.

NICE is currently carrying out an appraisal of Lucentis and Macugen and expects to publish final guidance in the new year. NICE published draft guidance on 14 December which is now subject to consultation with stakeholders.

Where NICE has not issued guidance, PCTs are expected to make their own decisions on the funding of specific treatments based on an assessment of the available evidence.

East Midlands SHA reports that the East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group has a region-wide policy in which there are guidelines on whether patients are eligible based on their visual acuity. Decisions on which patients will be funded for treatment are taken at individual PCT level.

Ovarian Cancer

Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to include ovarian cancer in the awareness and early diagnosis programme announced in the Cancer Reform Strategy. [174611]

Ann Keen: We are committed to reducing cancer deaths. Key to this is early diagnosis. As confirmed by the National Clinical Director for Cancer at the Britain against Cancer conference on 4 December, we will be
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including ovarian cancer in the national awareness and early diagnosis initiative described in the strategy.

Liver Disease

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received on a national plan for liver services; and if he will make a statement. [174627]

Ann Keen: We are concerned about the increasing incidence of and mortality from liver disease. We are investigating the possibility of developing a strategy for liver disease, which would cover health promotion as well as the full range of health services.

In working up proposals, officials have reviewed the available evidence and taken advice from a range of stakeholders. A number have referred to the National Plan for Liver Services produced in 2004 by professional bodies.

Abortion

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research has he (a) initiated and (b) evaluated on the practice of female foeticide. [172626]

Dawn Primarolo: None.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will place a copy of the interim report produced by his Department on aspects of good practice for a model of future services for access to early abortion in the Library; to whom copies have been sent; at what cost; how much it cost to produce the report; and if he will make a statement; [174047]

(2) what plans he has to implement section 1(3A) of the Abortion Act 1967; what definition his Department uses of non-traditional settings for termination of pregnancy; what recent discussions his Department has had with (a) the medical profession and (b) primary care trusts on implementation of this section; what follow-up care he proposes to make available to women who receive treatment under this section; and if he will make a statement. [174129]

Dawn Primarolo: Two hospitals are currently being funded by the Department to run early medical abortion services in non-traditional settings to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of provision in these settings.

The pilots will establish a clearly defined protocol, describing the elements required for the provision of a safe, early medical abortion service in a non-traditional setting, which will include the after care women should receive. A non-traditional setting is defined as any setting that is not a national health service hospital or an approved independent sector place.

On 24 October 2007 I stated in oral evidence to the Science and Technology Committee inquiry into scientific developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967 that the response from these two pilots will be published early next year. We will consider the results carefully before reaching a decision on what a non-traditional setting might be.


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We have not had any discussions with the medical profession or primary care trusts and are still in the process of agreeing the people who will review the final evaluation report.

The total cost of the evaluation of the early medical abortion pilots over a two year period 2006-07 and 2007-08 was £94,335.42.

Accidents: Eyesight

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS arising from injuries which occur due to poor eyesight. [173073]

Ann Keen: The Department does not collect data on the number of injuries caused by poor eyesight and has made no estimate of annual cost to the national health service. The Health Survey for England 2005 looked at falls in people aged 65 and over. The survey did not identify poor eyesight as a significant factor in falls.

Alcoholic Drinks: Misuse

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England. [169377]

Dawn Primarolo: Since the publication of the ‘Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England’ (2004), a copy of which is available in the Library, significant progress has been made: of the 41 actions in the 2004 strategy, 26 have been delivered and a further 14 are under way. For example, an agreement between the Government and the alcohol industry to include unit content and daily guidelines advice on alcohol labels was announced in May 2007. In addition, levels of alcohol-related violent crime and offences and sales of alcohol to under-age drinkers have fallen.

In June 2007 the Government introduced a renewed alcohol strategy ‘Safe, Sensible, Social’, a copy of which is available in the Library, that included a summary review of the 2004 alcohol harm reduction strategy (Annex C). ‘Safe, Sensible, Social’ is a comprehensive strategy to tackle the health and social effects of harmful drinking across the board and focuses on 18 to 24-year-old binge drinkers, young people under 18 who drink alcohol and adult harmful drinkers.

Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals aged 11 to 18 years resident in each (a) London borough and (b) Government region were treated for alcohol-related health problems in each of the last five years. [162535]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is in the following tables:


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All diagnoses count of finished admission episodes by London local authority district of residence for patients aged 11-18 for selected ( 1) alcohol related diseases , a ge at start of episode 11-18 , n ational h ealth s ervice h ospitals, England—2001-02 to 2005-06
London local authority district of residence 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Barking and Dagenham

7

19

25

13

28

Barnet

15

20

13

30

40

Bexley

11

15

37

38

41

Brent

(1)?

(1)?

(1)?

11

16

Bromley

9

11

36

35

50

Camden

11

11

16

17

29

Croydon

32

22

32

47

49

Ealing

23

21

29

18

23

Enfield

12

15

21

19

36

Greenwich

11

14

16

27

31

Hackney

9

9

11

(1)?

21

Hammersmith and Fulham

(1)?

8

16

22

17

Haringey

10

15

8

15

24

Harrow

10

7

7

9

10

Havering

14

21

31

17

32

Hillingdon

20

11

31

42

43

Hounslow

15

10

17

16

42

Islington

8

23

23

17

22

Kensington and Chelsea

7

7

(1)?

(1)?

13

Kingston upon Thames

29

28

35

28

31

Lambeth

20

15

11

26

21

Lewisham

9

14

22

16

25

Merton

13

21

29

26

29

Newham

9

11

10

9

7

Redbridge

14

18

16

17

22

Richmond upon Thames

15

17

20

18

27

Southwark

16

17

14

11

8

Sutton

37

49

38

38

36

Tower Hamlets

6

6

12

15

18

Waltham Forest

13

9

18

12

20

Wandsworth

18

28

20

20

28

Westminster

(1)?

(1)?

6

7

14

London Local Authority District of Residence

Total

433

501

629

641

853

(1 )Alcohol related diseases defined by the following ICD-10 codes:
F10: Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol
K70: Alcoholic liver disease
T51: Toxic effect of alcohol

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