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|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly health authority: median waiting time for elective admission|
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1. The figures show the median waiting times for patients still waiting for admission at the end of the period stated. Inpatient waiting times are measured from decision to admit by the consultant to admission to hospital.
2. Median waiting times are calculated from aggregate data, rather than patient level data, and therefore are only estimates of the position on average waits. In particular, specialties with low numbers waiting are prone to fluctuations in the median. This should be taken into account when interpreting the data.
3. Medians are not provided for inpatients not seen with total of less than 50 because this population is too small for a statistically meaningful median to be calculated so a n/a shown in that case.
4. Up to March 2002, Cornwall and Isles of Stilly health authority was in existence. From April 2002 up to the end of September 2006, West of Cornwall PCT, North and East Cornwall PCT and Central Cornwall PCT represented the area. From October 2006 onwards these three trusts were merged to form Cornwall and Isles of Stilly PCT. Source:
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an assessment of the process for patients who wish to opt out of the new NHS Care Records Service computer system; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The summary care record (SCR), part of the national health service care records service started to be introduced into early-adopter primary care trusts in spring 2007. The Department is working with the summary care record advisory group and with independent evaluators based at University College London to ensure that all significant learning from the early adopters is taken into account as soon as it is available so that the results can be incorporated into future deployment plans for the SCR.
Among the key aspects of the evaluation will be an assessment of patients experience of the SCR consent/dissent model and the guidance that has been issued to all general practices on how they should respond to patient inquiries about having a summary care record. The evaluation will draw from extensive fieldwork done to capture the views and experiences of patients, general practitioners, practice managers, nurses and other NHS clinical and management staff.
Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding will be made available in the forthcoming financial year to (a) educate the public on the risks of cannabis use, (b) fund primary research into the link between cannabis and psychosis and (c) assist mental health service users to discontinue their cannabis use. 
In 2007-08 the Department made £2 million available to the FRANK campaign. We are not able to provide a breakdown of spend by individual drug but in 2007-08 there was an enhanced focus on cannabis within the FRANK programme.
Implementation of the Department's research strategy Best Research for Best Health is resulting in an expansion of our research programmes and in significant new funding opportunities for health research. The National Institute for Health Research, set up as part of that implementation process, has awarded a £2 million programme grant to support research on improving physical health and reducing substance use, particularly cannabis use, in severe mental illness. Research on cannabis use and psychosis will also form part of the work programme of the Institute's South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Institute of Psychiatry Biomedical Research Centre which the Department began funding in April 2007.
Over the past three years alone, total spending on the national health service in England has increased from £69 billion in 2004-05 to over £90 billion in 2007-08. Following the settlement of the comprehensive spending review last October, total expenditure on the NHS will rise to £110 billion by 2010-11. We have made very substantial resources available to the NHS from which to provide treatments and services for the population. However, the responsibility for the provision of all NHS services now rests with primary care trusts (PCTs) and NHS funds are not ringfenced for particular treatments. Ultimately, PCTs in conjunction with their relevant strategic health authority should plan, develop, commission or provide heath services, and decide what proportion of their budgets they spend on particular health services, including mental health services, according to the needs of their local communities.
To ensure that people with mental health problems are aware of the risks associated with cannabis use the Department have published a Cannabis and Your Mental Health resource pack which includes a range of resources to help highlight the harmful effects of cannabis use for people with mental health problems.
The Department is also committed to improving the help and care available to people with concurrent mental illness and substance misuse problemsknown as dual diagnosis. The Department has published Dual Diagnosis in in-patient and day hospital settings to take forward this aim. This guidance makes clear that the ability to provide dual diagnosis patients
with the treatment and care they require, should be the norm in mental health services.
In addition there are people with less severe mental health problems who receive their treatment for cannabis use within a specialist drug treatment service setting. To support practitioners in treatment services in providing the most appropriate treatment for cannabis misuse we have made available substantial resources to drug treatment services through the Pooled Treatment Budget and also National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence have published guidance on treatment for cannabis users as part of their psycho-social guidelines Drugs Misuse Psycho-Social Intervention Guidelines, published in July 2007.
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