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Departmental Publicity

Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidelines issued to staff maintaining his Department’s and its agencies’ corporate identity; and what the estimated annual cost is of (a) producing and (b) complying with such guidelines. [170233]

Mr. Bradshaw: A copy of the departmental and core NHS Identity Guidelines has been placed in the Library.

The Department’s guidelines are also available via its website at:

The full range of NHS Identity Guidelines is available via the NHS Identity website at:

Over the last five years, the Department has spent an average of £291,885 per year managing the NHS and the Department’s corporate identities.

This figure includes developing and producing guidelines, providing logo artwork to NHS organisations, supporting the Department, NHS and third parties in correctly applying the Department and NHS brands and protecting the Department and NHS brands from misuse.

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency uses the Department and NHS Identity Guidelines so there are no additional guidelines to be placed in the Library and no annual costs involved in producing and developing guidelines.

A copy of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s identity guidelines has been placed in the Library. These guidelines were produced several years ago and there is therefore no annual cost.

We are unable to identify how much staff time is spent on complying with the corporate guidelines without incurring disproportionate costs.

Drugs: Olympic Games 2012

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that members of teams competing in the 2012 Olympics (a) do not bring proscribed drugs or medicines into the UK prior to competition, (b) do not dispose of unused drugs or medicines on the UK market during competition and (c) remove all unused imported drugs and medicines from the UK on departure; and if he will make a statement. [175559]

Dawn Primarolo: The import and export of controlled drugs is prohibited under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, except under licence from the Home Office.

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Medicines for human use are controlled in the United Kingdom by the 1968 Medicines Act and supporting regulations. Under the provisions of the Medicines Act, prescription-only medicines may be imported or exported to or from the UK by an individual for their personal use.

Any medicinal product which is brought into the UK by an individual for his or her own use or that of a member of his/her family is not ‘placed on the market’. Accordingly, it is not subject to the controls of medicines legislation. Any onward sale or supply by an individual however, would place the product on the market and bring it within the scope of regulatory control. The Medicines Act contains provisions to enforce the legislative requirements. Offences are criminal and prosecutions may be brought through the criminal courts.

Health Services: Armed Forces

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what continuing obligations his Department has for the medical care of servicemen and women injured in the course of service after they have been discharged; and if he will make a statement. [172892]

Mr. Bradshaw: The national health service is responsible for the health care of service personnel on leaving the armed forces provided the individual is entitled to residency in the United Kingdom. The Department provides funding to primary care trusts to meet this responsibility.

Health Services: Hertfordshire

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much in financial savings made by Hertfordshire's acute trusts in (a) the 2007-08, (b) the 2005-06 and (c) the 2006-07 financial year; and what the savings were in each year in (i) monetary and (ii) percentage value of the budget. [162906]

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

Health Services: North West Region

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on (a) the procurement process and (b) compensation payments for the nationally procured clinical assessment and treatment service in Cumbria and Lancashire to date; from which budget it was planned to meet further such expenditure; which budget will fund the locally procured service; and what further budget adjustments will be made as a consequence of the change from a nationally to a locally procured service. [175374]

Mr. Bradshaw: The total cost of the procurement of Phase 2 of the independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme at the end of October 2007 was approximately £84 million; this figure includes all assessment, scoping, procurement, and associated management, professional advisory and support costs. The ISTC programme comprises central resources
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which work across all schemes and the programme in general. These resources are not disaggregated by individual scheme.

To date, no compensation payments have been made in relation to the proposed Phase 2 clinical assessment, treatment and support scheme in Cumbria and Lancashire. The Department will work with preferred bidders in a systematic way to consider any compensation claims that may be brought on a case-by-case basis, with regard to withdrawn schemes. No specific funds are allocated for this, however the overall budget does include general contingencies for unforeseen events.

The local procurement of independent sector services is a matter for local national health service commissioners.

Health Services: Standards

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on which dates the monthly meetings held between the 13 trusts that will be early achievers of his Department’s 18-week target were held; and if he will place copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of each meeting in the Library. [170190]

Mr. Bradshaw: Dates of the 18-week early achievers meetings are shown as follows. Copies of the agendas and meeting notes from these meetings have been placed in the Library. Some sections have been redacted as they either relate to the current formulation of Government policy or their disclosure would otherwise prejudice the effective conduct of public affairs.

Health: Children

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what manual systems are being used by primary care trusts (PCTs) to support the Child Health Interim Applications (CHIA) system; and whether PCTs using the CHIA system are able to issue COVER reports; [171770]

(2) with reference to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 24W, on the Child Health Interim Application, what software was provided to enable primary care trusts to generate COVER reports from the live system; and when it was provided; [171984]

(3) with reference to the answer of 25 July 2006, Official Report, column 1202W, on child health interim application (CHIA), for what reasons Connecting for Health and the London Strategic Health Authority have not produced reports from the raw data within CHIA for the COVER quarterly and annual returns. [171885]

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Mr. Bradshaw: Since May 2006 reports have been produced for the Cover of Vaccination Evaluated Rapidly (COVER) quarterly and annual returns from an extract of the raw data taken directly from the child health interim application (CHIA). The data required to submit COVER returns, which is a primary care trust (PCT) responsibility, are provided to the PCTs which use the CHIA system by BT, the system supplier. The data are taken from the live system and therefore reflect the information stored on CHIA at the point the data are extracted. Each PCT will use different manual systems dependent on their current business processes.

While all parties recognise that this situation is not ideal, the PCTs have indicated that they are satisfied with this approach as an interim solution. On migration to the RiO system, PCTs will be able to generate reports themselves. All PCTs using CHIA are expected to migrate to RiO by the end of 2008.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts (PCTs) in London use the Child Health Interim Applications system; and what other systems are used for the same purpose in each other London PCT. [171809]

Mr. Bradshaw: 22 of London’s primary care trusts (PCTs) use a child health system delivered by the London programme for information technology (LPfIT). The following 10 PCTs use the child health interim application (CHIA) system: Barking and Dagenham, Camden, City and Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Islington, Newham, Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forrest.

The following PCTs use the child health functionality of CSE Servelec’s RiO system, also delivered by LPfIT: Barnet; Ealing; Enfield; Greenwich; Hammersmith and Fulham; Hounslow; Lambeth; Lewisham, Richmond; Westminster; Southwark; Sutton and Merton.

Currently, the remaining PCTs in London use the following systems to support child health services: Bexley—McKesson; Brent—Continuum; Bromley—Totalcare; Croydon—EPEX (Ascribe); Harrow—Health Solutions Wales Community Child Health 2000 System; Hillingdon—Health Solutions Wales Community Child Health 2000 System; Kensington and Chelsea—Continuum; Kingston—McKesson child health; and Wandsworth—Comwise.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons the Richs system was replaced by the Child Health Interim Application (CHIA) system; what functionality the CHIA system has that the Richs system did not; and what additional functionality the RiO system will have in comparison with to (a) the CHIA system and (b) the Richs system; [171811]

(2) for what reasons London primary care trusts were not able to move directly from the Richs system to the RiO system; [171813]

(3) what the status is of the Child Health Interim Application; and if he will make a statement. [172301]

Mr. Bradshaw: The child health interim application (CHIA) was introduced in response to a decision in early 2005 to withdraw support for the ageing Regional
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Interactive Child Health System (RICHS) from 10 primary care trusts (PCTs) in London taken by its commercial supplier. CHIA was delivered to these PCTs at short notice by BT, the London local service provider under the national programme for information technology, as an interim measure at the request of the local national health service. At the same time NHS Connecting for Health, PCTs and BT were working together on a longer-term solution. The PCTs chose CSE Servelec’s RiO system to be their strategic system, and all CHIA trusts will eventually migrate to RiO, which began roll-out in London in 2006.

CHIA was always intended as a rapidly-produced like-for-like replacement for the RICHS system. There was no intention to provide an enhanced product.

PCTs have been heavily involved in the development of the strategic system including the specification of criteria deemed essential by the PCTs using CHIA. They identified the automatic making of appointments and scheduling, and an electronic link with Great Ormond Street’s newborn blood spot screening programme, as vital components of the new system. These functions will be present when the first trusts migrate from CHIA to RiO early next year.

Unlike CHIA and RICHS, RiO is an evolving product with capacity for continuing development over time.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which primary care trusts use manual processes alongside their child health applications; and what those processes are. [171825]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Healthcare Commission: Complaints

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints the Healthcare Commission and its predecessor bodies received in each year since 1997. [175091]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 18 December 2007]: The Healthcare Commission has had responsibility for the second, independent review, stage of the national health service complaints process since the end of July 2004.

Information about the number of complaints the Commission has received is set out as follows:










(1) Part year only
(2) To 14 December

The following information refers to cases processed at second stage by the NHS prior to July 2004, on cases requesting independent review, and cases referred to independent review panels:

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Requests Referred to review panel







Not all requests would have been referred to an independent panel, but they would all have undergone some degree of second stage process in order to determine whether consideration by an independent review panel would be appropriate.

Information for earlier years is not available in the form requested.

Henderson Hospital: Closures

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the (a) services funded by the Henderson hospital and (b) proposals to provide those services via alternate means. [176860]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The provision of health services, including mental health services, is a matter for the local national health service.

Home Care Services: Eastbourne

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many households received domiciliary care in Eastbourne in (a) 1987, (b) 1992, (c) 1997, (d) 2002 and (e) at the most recent date for which figures are available. [165313]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following table shows the number of households receiving home care during a sample week in September in East Sussex, which includes Eastbourne, for the years 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2006. Data for 1987 are not available. Separate data for Eastbourne are not collected centrally.

Number of households( 1) receiving home care in East Sussex, England, survey week in September
1992( 2,3) 1997( 3) 2002 2006

East Sussex(4)





Brighton and Hove










n/a = Data not available. (1) Households receiving home care purchased with a direct payment are excluded. (2) First year of collection was 1992; therefore data may not be as robust as following years. (3) Information on the number of households prior to 2000 included some double counting due to some households receiving home care from both the independent sector and from their local authority. From 2000 the collection was amended to remove the issue around double counting. (4) The regional boundary of East Sussex changed in 1996 to not include Brighton and Hove within its area in subsequent years. Data for Brighton and Hove have been provided for consistent time series. Source: HH1 return.

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