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Category A (presenting conditions which may be immediately life threatening) calls should be responded to within eight minutes irrespective of location, in 75 per cent. of cases. All NHS ambulance trusts should respond to 95 per cent. of category A calls, with a vehicle capable of transporting the patient, within 19 minutes of the request for transport being made.
Category B (presenting conditions which though serious are not immediately life threatening) calls should be responded to within 19 minutes in 95 per cent. of cases.
Since 1 October 2004 local NHS organisations have had responsibility for managing and monitoring the
ways in which local services respond to category C (presenting conditions which are not immediately serious or life threatening) calls.
The data that the Department collect on ambulance response times is published on an annual basis in the statistical bulletin, Ambulance Services, England. The latest statistical bulletin, Ambulance Services, England, 2006-07 was published in June 2007.
However, NHS West Midlands strategic health authority has advised that locally held comparative management information for 2006-07 indicates that the Warwick (Leamington Spa) ambulance control centre was more efficient than the Shropshire (Shrewsbury) centre in terms of both cost per member of staff and cost per call dealt with. Management information of this nature is not audited by the Department and is designed for local analysis and decision making.
However, we have been informed that following formal public consultation, the boards of Barnet, Haringey and Enfield primary care trusts decided on 12 December 2007 to proceed with option 1 as proposed in the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical Strategy. This proposes that Chase Farm hospital becomes an elective surgery centre, with emergency care moving to Barnet and North Middlesex hospitals.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what progress is being made on the breast screening service in Barnet; what estimate he has made of how long it will take to clear outstanding cases; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Bradshaw: London strategic health authority (SHA) has advised that the North London Breast Screening Service, which provides services to Barnet and Hendon residents, was suspended for safety reasons in December 2006. The service resumed in May 2007, and was reintroduced gradually. As of October 2007, there were no outstanding cases and the service is running to full capacity.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of cancer patients in Barnet were (a) seen and (b) treated within the target time of (i) one month from diagnosis to treatment and (ii) two months for urgent GP referral to treatment; what the performance of (A) Barnet Chase Farm and (B) Royal Free hospitals was in each category; and if he will make a statement. 
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: 100 per cent.
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust: 100 per cent.
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust: 98.2 per cent.
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust: 96.9 per cent.
Mr. Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the availability of NHS chiropody services for pensioners in Stoke-on-Trent; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, outlined in the national service frameworks, and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community, including the provision of chiropody.
Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is shown in the following tables. The programme was rolled out to primary care trusts (PCTs) in a phased way. The introduction of the programme in all PCTs is currently being completed. At the end of September 2007, we had 65 programme areas reporting data to the Health Protection Agency.
|Number of men and women screened for Chlamydia within each programme area, 2005-06|
Total includes records where sex is unknown/not specified. Consequently, males and females may not add up to total.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme. Data as of 17 December 2007.
|Number of men and women screened for Chlamydia within each programme area, 2006-07|
|(1 )Cell size of one to four have been masked to protect deductive disclosure in accordance with Office for National Statistics guidelines.|
1. Total includes records where sex is unknown/not specified. Consequently, males and females may not add up to total.
2. The data from the NCSP are screens outside of genito-urinary medicine.
3. The data available from the NCSP are the number of screens and not the number of people screened.
4. The data only include those aged 13-24.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP). Data as of 17 December 2007.
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