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A booklet entitled Bowel Cancer Screening: The Facts, which provides information about bowel cancer and sets out the benefits and risks of participating in the screening programme, is sent out with each invitation. It is important to remember that no screening method is perfect and anyone invited to be screened for cancer must be aware of both the potential benefits and harms of being screened and be able to make an informed decision on whether or not to take part.
It is for strategic health authorities working in partnership with their primary care trusts, local screening services and stakeholders to provide appropriate cancer screening services for their local populations, including the promotion of local screening services.
The NHS bowel screening programme currently reports weekly returns to the Department. We are working with the Information Centre to develop a framework for the annual publication of statistics related to the programme once roll-out is completed in December 2009.
Dawn Primarolo: Since 2001, the Department and the Home Office have provided specific resources for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB), which is allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country to use, along with local mainstream funding, to provide treatment and services according to specific local needs.
The Department does not intend the funding made available through the PTB to represent the totality of funding for any area. Rather, it is designed to supplement mainstream funds and to encourage investment in improving treatment capacity and effectiveness.
The level of Government investment for substance misuse treatment within the PTB is £398 million for 2008-09, which is also the indicative figure for 2009-10 and 2010-11. However, we expect the reinvestment of the planned efficiency savings that will be made year on year until 2010-11 to reach £50 million. This reinvestment of the planned efficiency savings will allow for the expansion of treatment services to support the delivery of indicator 1 (number of drug users in effective treatment) in public service agreement 25.
changes to the allocation of the pooled treatment budget to match it more closely to activity;
the development of unit costs data to inform commissioning decisions;
improved processes for assessing local need to improve targeting; and
the national implementation of the treatment outcomes profile tool which will enable resources to be diverted to more effective interventions.
Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner surgeries there were in the Peterborough city council area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 24 April 2008]: The information is not held in the format requested. The
following table shows the number of general practitioner (GP) partnerships in the Peterborough primary care trust (PCT) area from 2001 to 2007 (a partnership may comprise a number of premises) and the number of GPs in the Peterborough PCT area from 2001 to 2007. Prior to 2001, no comparable information is available.
|Number of GP partnerships (P) and number of GPs (G) in Peterborough PCT area at 30 September for each specified year|
|(1) Data not available.|
1. The GP Census collection does not contain data on number of surgeries. A partnership may comprise a number of premises.
2. 'G' includes full-time and part-time GPs.
3. Peterborough PCT was created on 1 October 2006 from a complete merger of North Peterborough PCT and a part merger of South Peterborough PCT. Due to this part merger, data from 2006 onwards are not directly comparable with data for 2001-05. Prior to 2001, no comparable information is available for this area.
Information Centre for health and social careGP Census.
Mr. Goodwill: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the personal relationship between general practitioners and patients in formulating primary care policy. 
Alan Johnson: A patient's relationship with their family doctor is of vital importance. List-based general practice is a key strength of the system that we have. It is valued by patients, doctors and the national health service as a whole.
There is no contradiction between the desire by many patients to be seen by their own general practitioner and the £250 million investment we are making in expanding primary care provision particularly in under-doctored areas.
Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the public expenditure per capita on (a) primary care, (b) emergency care and (c) NHS dental provision in each constituency in the North West was in each year since 1997. 
Ann Keen [holding answer 1 May 2008]: The information is not available in the format requested. The information is not collected at constituency level but has been provided by national health service body in the current North West Strategic Health Authority area. Data are available for the years 2000-01 to 2006-07.
Mr. Bradshaw: We understand from the Healthcare Commission that it records the time taken for its reviews from the day it receives a new case. It takes on average three months for an independent review to be conducted.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for (a) in-patient, (b) day and (c) out-patient appointments at (i) Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and (ii) Cheltenham General Hospital was in each year since 1992. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Information is not held in the format requested. Information is collected about median waiting times at national health service trust level, rather than individual hospital level. Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and Cheltenham General Hospital are part of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The following tables show median waiting times at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and, before 2002-03, at its predecessor trusts, Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust and East Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust.
|Median waiting times (in weeks) at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Period ending||Daycase admissions||Ordinary admissions||First outpatient (OP) attendance (from general practitioner (GP) referral)|
| Source: KH07 and QM08 quarterly returns from NHS trusts.|
|Median waiting times (in weeks) at East Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Period ending||Daycase admissions||Ordinary admission||First OP attendance (from GP referral)|
|Median waiting times (in weeks) at Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust|
|Period ending||Daycase admission||Ordinary admission||(First OP attendance from GP referral)|
| Source: KH07 and QM08 quarterly returns from NHS trusts.|
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