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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to increase the take-up rate of cervical screening; and if he will make a statement. [185343]

Ann Keen: Women invited to participate in the national health service cervical screening programme need to understand the potential benefits and harms in doing so and to be able to make an informed choice about whether or not they wish to take part in the programme.

This is why all eligible women receive a national information leaflet on cervical screening, Cervical Screening - The Facts. This leaflet is included with each screening invitation and contains comprehensive and understandable information about cervical screening. It is available at:

The cancer reform strategy noted concerns about the fall in the number of young women taking up their invitation to be screened. That is why the NHS cancer screening programme have commissioned the Improvement Foundation to undertake work at a local level targeting this age group. The lessons learned from this work, due
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in 2009, will be shared with strategic health authorities and local screening programmes to develop best practice.

The NHS cancer screening programmes’ press office is developing an information pack to be issued to all local screening programmes and also developing a public relations strategy, including articles in appropriate media publications, posters etc. In addition, Cancer Research UK have commissioned research on this issue, which we will monitor closely and will share the findings.

Continued local action in this area is also essential and we will continue to monitor levels of cervical screening coverage through the office for national statistics/information centre annual cervical screening statistical bulletin.

Departmental Ministerial Policy Advisers

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the special advisers employed in his Department since 6 May 1997; and what the (a) start and (b) end date of employment was in each case. [184368]

Mr. Bradshaw: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and numbers of special advisers in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 22 November 2007, Official Report, 147-50WS.

Information on the employment of special advisers prior to 2003 was provided at regular intervals and is available in the Library.

Departmental Public Expenditure

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 21 January 2008, Official Report, column 1689W, on departmental public expenditure, what the minor claims which were abandoned on value for money grounds were; and what the value of each such claim was. [184437]

Mr. Bradshaw: Details of the minor claims abandoned on value for money grounds in 2006-07 are listed in the following tables.

National health service estates service charges

A number of service charges made to health centres around the country became uncollectible as a result of re-organisations and doubt over the validity of the charges.


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£

Eastleigh Health Centre

59.20

Eastleigh Health Centre

81.28

Kingsclere Medical Practice

1,072.19

Alton Health Centre

1,172.14

Kingsclere Medical Practice

1,894.60

The Friarsgate Practice

2,029.72

Kingsclere Dental Practice

2,116.15

Bramblys Grange Health Centre

2,215.67

Church Grange Health Centre

3,358.26

Kingsclere Medical Practice

4,283.40

Eastleigh Health Centre

4,372.32

Bramblys Grange Health Centre

4,394.59

Bramblys Grange Health Centre

5,417.35

Eastleigh Health Centre

6,384.55

Eastleigh Health Centre

8,765.99

Southampton City PCT re Eastleigh H C

10,860.84

Eastleigh Health Centre

12,200.11


NHS estates capital charges

A number of capital charges made to individuals around the country became uncollectible as a result of doubt over the validity of the charges. These invoices were subsequently found to have been raised in error.

£

A. Harrison

4,099.44

Mr. P. Hawkins

101.06

H. Leong

1,149.00

Miss O’Braithwaite

132.94

Mr. O. Brathwaite

3,091.12


NHS Live

Over 320 organisations participated in the NHS Live events and were invoiced for their contributions.

24 cases valuing almost £28,000 were successfully challenged by the organisations and the outstanding amount was written off by the Department.

Amount (£)

South and East Dorset Primary Care Trust (PCT)

1,000.00

5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust

1,000.00

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (FT)

1,000.00

James Paget University Hospitals NHS FT

1,000.00

South Devon Health Care NHS FT

1,000.00

London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

1,000.00

Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust

1,000.00

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust

1,000.00

University Hospital of South Manchester NHS FT

1,000.00

North Middlesex University Hospital

1,000.00

Suffolk West PCT

1,000.00

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

1,000.00

Enfield PCT

1,000.00

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS FT

1,000.00

Mid Hampshire PCT

1,000.00

Isle of Wight council

1,000.00

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS FT

1,000.00

Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust

1,000.00

Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

1,000.00

North and East Devon Community

1,000.00

Brent PCT

1,000.00

East Kent NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

1,000.00

East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust

1,000.00

BUPA Healthcare Professionals

4,876.25


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Other minor claims

In the normal course of business and following exhaustive credit control methods, including reminder letters, statements, and telephone calls, the following outstanding debts were written off with agreement from the relevant budget manager in the Department.

£

Care Services Improvement Partnership

0.10

National Public Health

4.00

Annette Craze

40.00

South Western Deanery

60.00

South Western Deanery

60.00

University of Liverpool

80.00

Pharmacia and UpJohn

100.00

Al Security

111.62

Monitor

120.00

Monitor

120.00

Monitor

120.00

Workforce Development Unit

192.29

British Beer & Pub Association

224.99

Graham Howard

250.00

Health Improvement Strategy Division

260.00

Imaginary Films 2000 Ltd

822.50

North West SHA

1,596.00

Judith Adams

1,672.40

Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority

1,797.00

Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust

1,911.00


Departmental Telephone Services

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much revenue was generated by each (a) 0845 and (b) 0870 telephone code used for customer inquiry lines by his Department's agencies in each of the last five years. [183955]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department's two agencies, the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency do not use 0845 or 0870 telephone numbers.

Disabled: Norwich

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will break down by (a) age group and (b) type of disability the number of people with disabilities under the age of 35 in Norwich, North constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available. [185608]

Angela Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, 22 February 2008:


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Age Number

0 to 4

130

5 to 9

249

10 to 14

265

15 to 19

259

20 to 24

353

25 to 29

514

30 to 34

654

Note:
Figures are crown copyright

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