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Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of repeat prescriptions were transferred via the electronic prescriptions service in each month since its inception. [195213]

Mr. Bradshaw: Repeat electronic prescriptions will be transmitted through the electronic prescriptions service with the enablement of Release 2. At present, the system is unable to distinguish practice instigated repeat prescriptions compared to other prescriptions.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many and what percentage of GP sites were technically live on the Electronic Prescriptions Service system in each month since its inception; and how many and what percentage of GP sites were using the Electronic Prescriptions Service system in each month since its inception; [195257]

(2) how many and what percentage of community pharmacies were technically live on the electronic prescription service system in each month since its inception. [195274]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is shown in the following table.


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Technical go live—general practitioner Percentage based on 8,480 sites Technical go live—pharmacy Percentage based on 10,363 sites

February 2005

2

0.0

1

0.0

March 2005

2

0.0

1

0.0

April 2005

2

0.0

1

0.0

May 2005

17

0.2

2

0.0

June 2005

61

0.7

3

0.0

July 2005

118

1.4

3

0.0

August 2005

167

2.0

5

0.0

September 2005

179

2.1

7

0.1

October 2005

198

2.3

7

0.1

November 2005

468

5.5

10

0.1

December 2005

610

7.2

11

0.1

January 2006

650

7.7

12

0.1

February 2006

739

8.7

17

0.2

March 2006

998

11.8

219

2.1

April 2006

1,083

12.8

243

2.3

May 2006

1,226

14.5

1,404

13.5

June 2006

1,408

16.6

1,425

13.8

July 2006

1,536

18.1

1,493

14.4

August 2006

1,864

22.0

1,809

17.5

September 2006

1,987

23.4

2,195

21.2

October 2006

2,185

25.8

3,395

32.8

November 2006

2,289

27.0

3,544

34.2

December 2006

2,335

27.5

3,626

35.0

January 2007

2,375

28.0

3,950

38.1

February 2007

2,402

28.3

4,132

39.9

March 2007

2,815

33.2

4,340

41.9

April 2007

3,885

45.8

4,587

44.3

May 2007

5,023

59.2

4,933

47.6

June 2007

5,924

69.9

5,527

53.3

July 2007

5,980

70.5

6,036

58.2

August 2007

6,028

71.1

6,605

63.7

September 2007

6,177

72.8

6,971

67.3

October 2007

6,462

76.2

7,326

70.7

November 2007

6,552

77.3

7,652

73.8

December 2007

6,612

78.0

7,833

75.6

January 2008

6,649

78.4

8,052

77.7

February 2008

6,664

78.6

8,154

78.7

March 2008

6,667

78.6

8,159

78.7


Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many deployments of the general practitioner system for the electronic prescriptions service have been made, broken down by (a) local service provider and (b) practice. [195263]

Mr. Bradshaw: Existing general practitioner (GP) system suppliers have developed systems that support release one of the electronic prescriptions service (EPS). The EPS has been deployed to 6,663 (79 per cent.) GP practices in England. Through the local service providers, a number of alternative GP systems have been provided to 699 GP practices.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of dispensing appliance contractors were technically live on the electronic prescriptions service system in each month since its inception; and how many and what percentage of dispensing appliance contractors were using the electronic prescriptions service system in each month since its inception. [195276]

Mr. Bradshaw: There are no dispensing appliance contractors participating in release one of the electronic prescription system.

Prostate Cancer: Screening

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many prostate screenings there were in (a) Tamworth and (b) Staffordshire in each of the last five years. [193625]

Ann Keen: The national health service, including the South Staffordshire Primary Care Trust, does not operate a prostate cancer screening programme. There is currently insufficient evidence from any country in the world to show that screening would reduce deaths from prostate cancer. The Government are committed to introducing a national screening programme for prostate cancer if and when screening and treatment techniques are sufficiently well developed. The United Kingdom National Screening Committee keeps screening for prostate cancer under review.

The prostate cancer risk management programme was established in 2002 to ensure that men considering a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test are given information concerning the benefits, limitations and risks associated with having a test. Figures on the number of PSA tests taken as a result of the programme are not collected centrally.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of male prisoners eligible for prostate cancer screening have been screened in the last three years; [193634]

(2) what percentage of males eligible for prostate cancer screening have been screened in the last three years in England. [193635]

Ann Keen: The national health service does not operate a prostate cancer screening programme. There is currently insufficient evidence from any country in the world to show that screening would reduce deaths from prostate cancer. The Government are committed to introducing a national screening programme for prostate cancer if and when screening and treatment techniques are sufficiently well developed. The United Kingdom national screening committee keeps screening for prostate cancer under review.

The prostate cancer risk management programme (PCRMP) was established in 2002 to ensure that men considering a prostate specific antigen (PSA) test are given information concerning the benefits, limitations and risks associated with having a test. Figures on the number of PSA tests taken as a result of the programme are not collected centrally.


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Radiography: West Midlands

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecasts he has made for the future requirements for (a) radiographers and (b) radiologists in (i) Tamworth and (ii) the West Midlands. [193628]

Ann Keen: Local national health service organisations are best placed to assess the health needs of their local health community and plan the work force they need.


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