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Palliative Care: Finance

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will give guidance to primary care trusts on the proportion of their budgets to be spent on palliative care. [190630]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible within the national health service for commissioning and funding services for their resident population, including end of life care. The NHS operating framework 2007-08 asked PCTs, working with local authorities, to undertake baseline reviews of their end of life care services. The reviews will allow local commissioners to assess current services, identify gaps and obtain a much clearer view of local need,
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which will inform local commissioning in preparation for implementing the end of life care strategy to be published in summer 2008.

Patient Choice Schemes

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many deployments of the web-based referrer for choose and book have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) practice; [195264]

(2) how many deployments of the general practitioner system for choose and book have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) practice; [195265]

(3) how many deployments of patient administration systems for choose and book have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) trust. [195266]

Mr. Bradshaw: The percentage of general practitioner (GP) practices that are technically live with choose and book is 98 per cent., that is the percentage of practices that have the technical ability to make electronic bookings. GP practices accessing choose and book through an integrated GP system amount to 84 per cent. with many using the web-based referrer as an alternative. The web-based referrer is not deployed to local service providers or practices, but is available to all referring organisations with web access. Out of 169 trusts with patient administration systems (PASs), 144 are technically live with a compliant PAS which represents 85 per cent. of all acute trusts. Figures are not available by local service provider.

Pharmacies: ITC

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suppliers of IT pharmacy systems there are; and how many have achieved authority to roll out their system. [195779]

Mr. Bradshaw: There are 11 suppliers of pharmacy systems. These suppliers provide 13 systems to dispensing contractors. Of these, 11 systems have achieved nationwide roll-out approval for Release 1 of the electronic prescription service.

Of the two remaining systems, one is in the last stages of NHS Connecting for Health compliance and the other is to be withdrawn from the market.

Pharmacy

Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many 100 hour pharmacies there were in each primary care trust area in each of the last three years. [195378]

Dawn Primarolo: We do not collect data on the number of 100 hour pharmacies in each primary care trust.

The only data held are for the number of applications relating to pharmaceutical services regulations (2005) under the four new exception categories, one of which is pharmacies intending to open more than 100 hours a week. It is not known how many granted applications resulted in the actual opening of a new 100 hour per week pharmacy.


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Data are available only for 2005-06 and 2006-07 and relate to applications between 1 April and 31 March
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each financial year. The number of applications outstanding are those outstanding at 31 March each year.

Decisions on applications relating to pharmaceutical services regulations, number and percentage of exempt applications decided by application type, England only, 2005-06 to 2006-07
2005-06 2006-07
Number of applications Number Percentage Number Percentage

100 Hour Pharmacies(1)

199

100

319

100

Granted

156

78

259

81

Refused

28

14

39

12

Withdrawn

15

8

21

7

Outstanding

72

48

(1) Figures have been revised from last year's publication. Figures listed in the 2005-06 publication were total number of applications received not the number actually decided upon by primary care trusts. Revised figures exclude those applications which were outstanding at 31 March 2006. It is assumed that these applications were outstanding as no decision had been reached on their final outcome. Source: General Pharmaceutical Services in England and Wales 2006-07. This document is available on the Information Centre for health and social care website at: www.ic.nhs.uk/pubs/pharmserv0607

Polyclinics: Greater London

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of the population of London he estimates will live within (a) one mile, (b) three miles and (c) five miles of a polyclinic. [195020]

Mr. Bradshaw: No estimate has been made of the percentage of the population of London who will live within one, three and five miles of a polyclinic.

Proposals for the provision of services are a matter for primary care trusts (PCTs), working in conjunction with their strategic health authority and other stakeholders. The hon. Member may wish to raise this with her local PCT.

Prescriptions

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent estimate he has made of the number of people in England who are unable to take prescribed medicines because of the cost of prescriptions; and if he will make a statement; [195575]

(2) on what date he expects to publish the public consultation on prescription charges in England; and if he will make a statement. [196374]

Dawn Primarolo: We have made no such estimate. We agree it is vitally important that people get the medicines they need. That is why we will shortly be consulting on cost neutral changes to prescription charges and exemptions so that the public can contribute their views on any proposals prior to a final decision.

Prescriptions: ICT

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deployments of the pharmacy system for the electronic prescriptions service have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) practice. [195262]

Mr. Bradshaw: The local service providers are not contracted to provide pharmacy systems to support the electronic prescription service (EPS). Existing pharmacy systems suppliers have developed systems that support Release 1 of the EPS. The service has been deployed to 8,159 (79 per cent.) pharmacies in England.

Prostate Cancer: Research

Christopher Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding his Department has committed to the (a) NHS Prostate Cancer and (b) Prostate Cancer Risk Management programme in each financial year since each programme was initiated; and if he will make a statement. [192236]

Ann Keen: It is for primary care trusts (PCTs) working in partnership with their strategic health authorities (SHAs), local cancer services and local stakeholders to provide appropriate services for their local populations, including prostate cancer services. The majority of funding to improve prostate cancer services over recent years has therefore been in PCT allocation baselines.

Funding on specific national activity is shown in the following table:

Funding (£000)
Programme 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08

National Health Service Prostate Cancer Programme

1,174.5

594.4

128.4

190

180

Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme

170

168

131

120

117

200

Note: The majority of funding for the NHS Prostate Cancer Programme in 2003-04 and 2005-06 came from the Modernisation Agency's (MA) Action On Urology project. When the MA closed in 2005, this funding was devolved to SHAs to fund local service improvements. In addition, the Cancer Services Collaborative: Improvement Partnership has been funded by an annual budget of £2.9 million since 2001 to support service improvements, but this budget cannot be broken down by cancer type.

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Radiotherapy

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to increase the number of patients who are able to receive proton therapy treatment (a) at Clatterbridge and (b) in England; and if he will make a statement. [192666]

Ann Keen: The Clatterbridge facility is used to treat a specific class of eye cancers. The number of patients needing therapy for this class of cancers is not increasing. The need for another proton therapy facility in the United Kingdom to treat other types of cancer is under consideration.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to tackle drug resistant gonorrhoea. [194509]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department funds the Health Protection Agency to manage the Gonococcal Resistance to Antimicrobials Surveillance Programme (GRASP) which monitors gonococcal resistance and provides the evidence-base for treatment guidelines in the management of gonorrhoea. In 2002, this led to prescribing policy being updated to recommend that gonorrhoea should be treated with third generation cephalosporins, ceftriaxone or cefixime. A copy of the GRASP annual report 2006 has been placed in the Library.

Smoking: Public Places

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in England have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of smoking tobacco in a prohibited place since the introduction of the relevant legislation; and what range of sentences has been imposed. [196377]

Dawn Primarolo: Details on smokefree legislation enforcement activity are collected from local authorities and routinely published by the Department on the Smokefree England website at www.smokefreeeng land.co.uk. The latest smokefree legislation compliance report covers the first six months of the new law being in effect, and has been placed in the Library.

Penalties for smokefree offences are set out in the Smoke-free (Penalties and Discounted Amounts) Regulations 2007.

Sunbeds

Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent discussions he has had with representatives of coin-operated sunbed companies on their operation; [195374]

(2) which organisations he has consulted on tanning salon regulation in the last 12 months. [195375]


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Dawn Primarolo: The former Minister of State (Caroline Flint) met representatives from Consol Suncenters plc, the leading tanning salon company, on 29 March 2007.

For organisations consulted on tanning salon regulation I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Swansea, East (Mrs. James), on 20 February 2008, Official Report, columns 817-18W.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

English Language

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many people obtained English for Speakers of Other Languages qualifications at level (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in London in each of the last 10 years. [172492]

Jim Knight: I have been asked to reply.

The information can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Unemployment: Stroud

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many (a) 16 to 19 year olds and (b) 20 to 25 year olds in Stroud constituency were registered unemployed in January in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [193221]

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, dated 25 March 2008:

Table 1:16 to 19 and 20 to 24 year-olds claiming jobseeker’s allowance, resident in Stroud parliamentary constituency for the last five years
January 16 to 19 year-olds level( 1) 20 to 24 year-olds level( 1)

2004

75

145

2005

90

130

2006

110

145

2007

95

100

2008

100

120

(1) Data rounded to nearest 5.

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