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Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he (a) informed the Permanent Secretary in the relevant Department of the donations he received as part of his campaign for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party and (b) registered them with the Cabinet Office in accordance with the Ministerial Code. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase awareness of rheumatoid arthritis in the workplace; and what plans he has to issue guidance to employers on supporting employees with rheumatoid arthritis. 
Ann Keen: As part of the cross-Government Health, Work and Well-being Strategy, we are working to improve the support that is available to employers to support staff with long-term conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis, to obtain and to remain in work.
This includes a free occupational health and return to work support and advice service for small and medium sized businesses, which is being piloted by the Health and Safety Executive until February 2008.
We are also encouraging employers to provide good quality occupational health services and through the Health, Work and Well-being Strategy, we are working to engage employers and show them the business benefits of taking action to support their staff.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was paid in fees for abortions and sexual health services by the NHS to the Peterborough branch of the British Pregnancy Advice Service in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on patients of recent changes to the access that patients have to home-delivery of cancer-care equipment. 
Ann Keen [holding answer 16 January 2008]: No specific central budget has been allocated for the National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative. The National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative will involve collaboration with many non-departmental organisations and charities, including the national health service, who do not report their costs to the Department. An overall budget for the initiative has not been calculated, as partners will fund different elements of the initiative.
(2) what the average cost of providing cardiac rehabilitation was in (a) Surrey Primary Care Trust, (b) the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority and (c) England following (i) a heart attack, (ii) heart bypass surgery, (iii) angioplasty, (iv) angina, (v) heart failure, (vi) implantation of cardiac devices and (vii) arrhythmias in the last 12 months; 
Ann Keen: Chapter 7 of the Coronary Heart Disease National Service Framework, published in 2000, issued appropriate guidance to the national health service about the provision of cardiac rehabilitation services. Putting this into practice is a matter for the NHS, working in partnership with stakeholders and the local community. It is the responsibility of NHS organisations to plan, monitor and develop these services based on their specific local knowledge and expertise.
A new National Cardiac Rehabilitation Audit has been introduced across England, jointly sponsored by the British Heart Foundation and the Healthcare Commission. This will provide stronger evidence on effectiveness and encourage local areas to appraise and improve their provision of cardiac rehabilitation.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations he has received on cardiac rehabilitation since June 2007; and what meetings (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) departmental officials have had on cardiac rehabilitation in that period. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) with reference to the answer of 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1240W, on wheelchairs, what progress has been made in publishing the outline model for wheelchair services as part of the transforming community equipment and wheelchair services programme. 
(2) if he will make a statement on how the proposed changes under the Transforming Community Equipment and Wheelchair Services Programme will affect the staff members currently employed by the NHS who issue equipment under section 31 agreements; 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 9 January 2008]: A collaborative process to develop an outline model for delivery of wheelchair services (similar to that undertaken for community equipment services) was undertaken in 2007 and two potential models were developed. The business case to support the recommended way forward is currently being finalised.
It is a matter for each local authority and health partnership to decide whether the transforming community equipment and wheelchair services programme (TCEWS) retail market is the right solution for their locality. They will need to assess the impact on their employees as part of their decision making process.
The minimum competency levels for accredited retailers have been drafted by the working group developing the regulatory function and will be finalised in April. For further information, copies of the British Health Trades Association/National Association of Equipment Providers Newsletter, have been placed in the Library.
The TCEWS programme will be evaluating the testing of the retail model in the North West. This evaluation will be published as a report in the spring and will include the results of user views on the new model of service delivery.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people with diabetes in each London health care trust was screened for diabetic retinopathy in relation to the targets outlined in the National Framework for Diabetes: Delivery Service in each year since 2003. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals in England and Wales have equipment which enables doctors to perform keyhole surgery on unborn babies; and if he will make a statement. 
The data on the number of GPSIs is collected quarterly from all primary care trusts using the Quarterly Activity Return and it provides the numbers as at the last day of the quarter. The latest available data are for June 2007.
Department of Health Quarterly Activity Return Commissioner based.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government are taking to encourage GPs to give more detailed advice on self-management programmes to patients with long-term conditions. 
Ann Keen: We have no steps to specifically encourage general practitioners (GPs) to give more detailed advice on self-management programmes to patients with long-term conditions. However, the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions sets out the quality requirement for a person-centred service to support those living with long-term conditions in managing their condition, maintaining independence and achieving the best possible quality of life. To become full partners in care, patients need information, advice, education and support. GPs have a key role to play in meeting these needs.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding will be allocated to each local authority to fund contracts for local involvement networks; and when this funding will be provided to each authority. 
Ann Keen: Over the next three years (2008-11) each local authority (LA) with a social services responsibility will receive funding for LINks. On 7 December, the Department wrote to all LAs confirming their allocations for 2008-09, with provisional figures for 2009-10 and 2010-11.
As set out in the comprehensive spending review settlement, from April 2008, the majority of revenue funding will be delivered to councils through the new area based grant. This area based grant is paid on an unringfenced basis to all LAs. As such LAs are able to determine locally how best to spend the grant in order to deliver local and national priorities in their areas. The area based grant will be administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government and paid to LAs on a monthly basis from the beginning of the 2008-09 financial year.
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