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The Secretary of State is signatory to contracts centrally procured by the Department's Commercial Directorate.

Through Wave 1 of the centrally-led procurements, operational contracts also include:

Scheme/programme Provider Area covered/PCTs

Chlamydia (contract ending 31 March 2008)

Boots Chemists London

London SHA

Mobile MRI Fast Track

Alliance Medical

Nationwide

Ophthalmic chain

Netcare

Nationwide


Commuter walk-in centres

Scheme/programme Provider Area covered/PCTs

London Canary Wharf

Atos Healthcare

London SHA

London Liverpool Street

Walk in Health

London SHA

London Victoria

Care UK

London SHA

Manchester Piccadilly

Atos Healthcare

North West SHA

Newcastle

Care UK

North East SHA

Leeds

Netcare

Yorkshire and Humber


Health Services: Publicity

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1360W, on health services: publicity,
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what the total cost of the campaign is in each relevant financial year; and how many staff of each pay band are running it. [182589]

Mr. Bradshaw: The total cost of the campaign in the financial year 2006-07 was £217,861.13. Between December 2006 and March 2007, there was one grade seven (G7) communications manager working on this project full-time.

The total anticipated spend to the end of this financial year (end March 2008) is £950,000. Between April 2007 and March 2008, there has been one G7 communications manager and one senior information officer and one information officer working part-time on the different aspects of the campaign.

The campaign budget for April to December 2008 will be determined as part of the development of the Department's 2008-09 business plan , which is now under way. The resource necessary for the year 2008-09 will be determined as part of this plan.

Health Services: Standards

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the evidential basis was for the decision to propose a change to the number of quality and outcomes framework points allocated for access. [182139]

Mr. Bradshaw: The quality and outcomes framework provides financial incentives to reward practices that demonstrate high standards of care, not just in clinical care but also in terms of the patient experience. Parties to the framework have agreed to recycle a number of out-dated indicators that are either redundant or of very limited added value, and to revise the patient experience domain. Our proposals are to use the freed resource to incentivise improvements in patients’ access experiences so as to better meet patients expectations as demonstrated through last year’s national general practitioner patient survey.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2008, Official Report, column 1360W, on health services: standards, what information his Department collects on the reasons for decisions taken by clinicians that it is not clinically appropriate for a patient's treatment to start within 18 weeks. [182588]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not collect information on the reasons for decisions taken by clinicians that it is not clinically appropriate for a patient's treatment to start within 18 weeks. Decisions on whether it is clinically appropriate to start treatment within 18 weeks of referral rests with individual clinicians in consultation with patients.

Hospitals: Admissions

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished admission episodes of care for emergency admissions there were in each year since 1997-98, broken down by age of patient. [184508]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is set out in the following table.


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Finished admission episodes (FAE)
Age at start of episode 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

0-4(1)

366,147

377,638

365,820

355,364

369,829

359,423

376,158

383,894

404,159

416,441

5-14

231,482

222,265

225,544

229,589

232,615

227,757

230,073

236,477

248,205

236,443

15-44

1,007,962

1,015,030

1,025,278

1,035,337

1,029,106

1,041,928

1,121,150

1,207,931

1,294,948

1,304,535

45-64

650,658

679,490

701,717

714,928

720,158

735,846

791,200

846,081

893,425

919,762

65-74

510,566

525,139

530,178

523,820

520,683

524,597

555,973

575,577

589,278

586,468

75-84

580,449

613,495

621,070

619,872

628,879

655,941

710,517

746,906

754,426

748,911

85-120

315,304

343,222

355,589

361,060

369,630

384,777

407,593

426,853

466,827

482,632

Age unknown

41,564

8,675

8,471

16,866

14,880

7,757

6,605

5,402

3,786

4,825

(1) This age category includes babies under the age of one.
Notes:
1. FAE
A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
2. Admission methods: Emergency
Via accident and emergency (A and E) services, including casualty department of provider
Via General Practitioner (GP)
Via Bed Bureau, including Central Bureau
Via Consultant Out-patient Clinic
Other means—including patients who arrive via A and E department of another healthcare provider.
3. Assessing growth through time
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. During the years that these records have been collected by the national health service there have been ongoing improvements in quality and coverage. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example a number of procedures may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and may no longer be accounted in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
4. Ungrossed data
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
5. Data quality
HES are compiled from data sent by over 300 NHS trusts, and primary care trusts in England. Data are also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The Information Centre for health and social care.

Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Government has taken to prevent children from picking up viruses when visiting hospitals. [176079]

Ann Keen: Infections are generally controlled by good infection control practice but national health service trusts may introduce additional measures such as restricting visiting if appropriate. Most visitors, including children, only spend time with one patient and providing they follow hospital advice e.g. on hand washing there is little risk of them acquiring the organism or infecting others.

Hospitals: Waiting lists

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what written representations his Department has received from NHS trusts on the 18 week waiting time target in the last six months; and if he will place copies of all such representations in the Library. [182646]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department receives a wide range of written representations on issues relating to 18 weeks from national health service trusts. Information on the number of representations received over the last six months and obtaining copies could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.

Incontinence

Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) children and (b) young people in the UK were identified as having incontinence problems in the latest period for which figures are available. [185558]

Ann Keen [holding answer 7 February 2008]: The information requested is not collected centrally. Continence services for children and young people are the responsibility of local primary care trusts, with a view to compliance with standard six of the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services. This standard includes a specific section on paediatric incontinence.

Information Centre for Health and Social Care: Data Protection

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates in the last 12 months the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has physically transported data which contain personally-identifiable information; and what guidance the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has issued to its staff on how personally-identifiable information should be transported. [174836]


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Mr. Bradshaw: The Information Centre for health and social care frequently transports data containing personally-identifiable information, where approval has been given by the Patient Information Advisory Group.

The Information Centre for health and social care has an information security policy, which ensures that all staff are made aware of their roles and responsibilities of the correct transportation of personally-identifiable information.

I also refer the hon. Member to the statement made on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179, by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister and the written statement made on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 98WS, by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A further report is expected in spring 2008.

Information Services Division

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the remit is of the Information Services Division in his Department. [185596]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Information Services Division has a remit to provide the following services within the Department:


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