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Health

Alan Johnson

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. [179970]

Alan Johnson: In accordance with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, a list of Ministers’ relevant interests declared to their permanent secretary will be published in due course.

Arthritis: Industrial Health and Safety

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. [172907]

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 have also established a Vocational Rehabilitation Task Force to look at the best ways of encouraging and supporting employers to provide good quality rehabilitative services to their staff.

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.

British Pregnancy Advice Service

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. [179272]

Dawn Primarolo: This information is not collected centrally.

Cancer: Home Care Services

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. [174901]

Ann Keen: The Department is not aware of any national changes in access to home delivery of cancer care equipment so has not made an assessment of any implications.

Cancer: Screening

Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget has been allocated for each year of the National Awareness and Early Diagnosis Initiative. [179413]

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.


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Cardiac Rehabilitation

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) who is responsible for providing cardiac rehabilitation in each primary care trust in England; and where that treatment is provided; [176984]

(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; [176985]

(3) what recent assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of cardiac rehabilitation services; and if he will make a statement. [176987]

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.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Audit stated that the average rehabilitation programme costs per patient have been approximately £550, allowing for inflation, since 2001.

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. [176986]

Ann Keen: The Department has regular contact with patient organisations, clinicians and other stakeholders involved in the championing and provision of cardiac rehabilitation services.

Community Equipment Programme

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. [177233]

(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; [177234]


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(3) when he will report on the progress of the new delivery system of community equipment trial launched in the North West of England in October 2007; [177235]

(4) what the minimum competency level is for an approved or accredited retailer's staff, as mentioned in the outline model for the Community Equipment Programme. [177245]

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.

Diabetes: Greater London

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. [175595]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested has been placed in the Library. Data are only available from 2004.

Foetuses: Surgery

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. [174061]

Ann Keen: The data are not collected centrally.

General Practitioners

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are registered as having a special interest, broken down by specialty. [165655]


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Ann Keen: The number of general practitioners (GPs) registered as having a special interest (GPSIs) as at 30 June 2007 was 1,752. We have no data on the numbers by specialty.

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.

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. [177050]

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.

Health Services

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. [177205]

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.

The following table outlines how much each LA is projected to receive over the next three years, it can also be found on the Department website at:


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£ million
Local authority 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11

Principal metropolitan cities

Birmingham

0.558

0.556

0.554

Leeds

0.308

0.307

0.306

Liverpool

0.291

0.288

0.286

Manchester

0.288

0.287

0.287

Newcastle upon Tyne

0.171

0.170

0.168

Sheffield

0.263

0.263

0.262

Sub-total

1.879

1.871

1.863

Other metropolitan districts

Barnsley

0.152

0.152

0.152

Bolton

0.166

0.166

0.165

Bradford

0.259

0.259

0.260

Bury

0.122

0.122

0.122

Calderdale

0.130

0.130

0.130

Coventry

0.178

0.177

0.177

Doncaster

0.172

0.172

0.172

Dudley

0.173

0.173

0.172

Gateshead

0.140

0.139

0.138

Kirklees

0.202

0.202

0.202

Knowsley

0.140

0.139

0.139

North Tyneside

0.134

0.134

0.134

Oldham

0.151

0.151

0.151

Rochdale

0.147

0.146

0.146

Rotherham

0.160

0.160

0.160

Salford

0.159

0.158

0.157

Sandwell

0.202

0.202

0.201

Sefton

0.172

0.171

0.170

Solihull

0.119

0.119

0.119

South Tyneside

0.127

0.126

0.126

St. Helens

0.132

0.132

0.132

Stockport

0.149

0.149

0.148

Sunderland

0.176

0.175

0.174

Tameside

0.146

0.146

0.146

Trafford

0.130

0.130

0.129

Wakefield

0.182

0.182

0.182

Walsall

0.170

0.169

0.169

Wigan

0.175

0.175

0.175

Wirral

0.200

0.199

0.199

Wolverhampton

0.169

0.168

0.167

Sub-total

4.833

4.824

4.814

Inner London

City of London

0.063

0.063

0.064

Camden

0.176

0.177

0.179

Greenwich

0.188

0.188

0.188

Hackney

0.207

0.207

0.206

Hammersmith and Fulham

0.143

0.143

0.143

Islington

0.170

0.170

0.169

Kensington and Chelsea

0.140

0.142

0.143

Lambeth

0.207

0.206

0.205

Lewisham

0.197

0.195

0.194

Southwark

0.211

0.210

0.209

Tower Hamlets

0.208

0.208

0.208

Wandsworth

0.169

0.169

0.168

Westminster

0.174

0.176

0.178

Sub-total

2.254

2.254

2.253

Outer London

Barking and Dagenham

0.147

0.146

0.146

Barnet

0.182

0.182

0.182

Bexley

0.131

0.131

0.131

Brent

0.185

0.185

0.184

Bromley

0.151

0.151

0.150

Croydon

0.188

0.188

0.187

Ealing

0.183

0.182

0.182

Enfield

0.179

0.179

0.178

Haringey

0.172

0.171

0.171

Harrow

0.138

0.138

0.138

Havering

0.133

0.132

0.132

Hillingdon

0.147

0.147

0.146

Hounslow

0.142

0.141

0.141

Kingston upon Thames

0.102

0.102

0.102

Merton

0.123

0.123

0.123

Newham

0.214

0.213

0.212

Redbridge

0.156

0.156

0.156

Richmond upon Thames

0.107

0.107

0.107

Sutton

0.118

0.117

0.117

Waltham Forest

0.164

0.163

0.162

Sub-total

3.062

3.054

3.047

Shire counties

Bedfordshire

0.171

0.172

0.172

Buckinghamshire

0.182

0.182

0.182

Cambridgeshire

0.219

0.220

0.222

Cheshire

0.257

0.257

0.258

Cornwall

0.252

0.253

0.255

Cumbria

0.232

0.232

0.232

Derbyshire

0.314

0.315

0.316

Devon

0.298

0.299

0.301

Dorset

0.183

0.184

0.184

Durham

0.256

0.255

0.255

East Sussex

0.236

0.237

0.237

Essex

0.480

0.482

0.484

Gloucestershire

0.231

0.231

0.231

Hampshire

0.378

0.379

0.381

Hertfordshire

0.361

0.361

0.361

Kent

0.492

0.493

0.495

Lancashire

0.454

0.455

0.456

Leicestershire

0.219

0.220

0.221

Lincolnshire

0.285

0.287

0.290

Norfolk

0.342

0.344

0.345

North Yorkshire

0.222

0.222

0.223

Northamptonshire

0.253

0.254

0.256

Northumberland

0.165

0.165

0.165

Nottinghamshire

0.304

0.305

0.306

Oxfordshire

0.222

0.223

0.223

Shropshire

0.150

0.150

0.151

Somerset

0.226

0.227

0.228

Staffordshire

0.301

0.302

0.303

Suffolk

0.280

0.281

0.283

Surrey

0.333

0.333

0.333

Warwickshire

0.212

0.213

0.214

West Sussex

0.281

0.281

0.282

Wiltshire

0.181

0.182

0.183

Worcestershire

0.222

0.223

0.223

Sub-total

9.194

9.224

9.252

Shire unitary authorities

Bath and North East Somerset

0.109

0.109

0.109

Blackburn with Darwen

0.123

0.123

0.123

Blackpool

0.126

0.126

0.126

Bournemouth

0.119

0.118

0.118

Bracknell Forest

0.086

0.086

0.086

Brighton and Hove

0.148

0.147

0.147

Bristol

0.210

0.209

0.208

Darlington

0.096

0.096

0.096

Derby

0.150

0.149

0.149

East Riding of Yorkshire

0.158

0.159

0.159

Halton

0.111

0.110

0.110

Hartlepool

0.099

0.099

0.099

Herefordshire

0.119

0.119

0.119

Isle of Wight Council

0.115

0.115

0.116

Isles of Scilly

0.061

0.061

0.061

Kingston upon Hull

0.173

0.172

0.171

Leicester

0.186

0.185

0.184

Luton

0.131

0.131

0.131

Medway

0.136

0.136

0.136

Middlesbrough

0.122

0.121

0.121

Milton Keynes

0.129

0.130

0.131

North East Lincolnshire

0.120

0.120

0.120

North Lincolnshire

0.114

0.114

0.114

North Somerset

0.121

0.122

0.123

Nottingham

0.184

0.183

0.182

Peterborough

0.122

0.122

0.123

Plymouth

0.151

0.151

0.151

Poole

0.103

0.102

0.102

Portsmouth

0.125

0.125

0.125

Reading

0.104

0.104

0.103

Redcar and Cleveland

0.116

0.116

0.116

Rutland

0.069

0.069

0.069

Slough

0.104

0.103

0.103

South Gloucestershire

0.124

0.124

0.125

Southampton

0.141

0.141

0.141

Southend-on-Sea

0.123

0.123

0.123

Stockton-on-Tees

0.126

0.126

0.126

Stoke-on-Trent

0.163

0.162

0.161

Swindon

0.112

0.112

0.112

Telford and The Wrekin

0.119

0.120

0.120

Thurrock

0.111

0.112

0.112

Torbay

0.119

0.120

0.120

Warrington

0.117

0.117

0.117

West Berkshire

0.095

0.095

0.095

Windsor and Maidenhead

0.093

0.093

0.093

Wokingham

0.087

0.088

0.088

York

0.108

0.108

0.108

Sub-total

5.778

5.774

5.771


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