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1. Data are from a UK wide dataset and represent first AIDS diagnoses in the UK within English SHAs. Data are cumulative data to the end of December 2007. Numbers will rise as further reports are received.
2. Cell counts under five are masked by replacing the number with <5 to protect against deductive disclosure of an individual patient's identity.
3. SHAs are those of diagnosis and not of residence. There is evidence that a large proportion of individuals are diagnosed outside of their SHA of residence.
Health Protection Agency
Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the recommendations for research into myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome in the new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines are met, with particular reference to the (a) causes of the illness, (b) effectiveness of intervention strategies and (c) efficient ways to deliver domiciliary care for people who are severely affected. 
Dawn Primarolo: Research recommendations made in National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines are considered on behalf of the Department by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme (HTA). The director of the HTA programme meets annually with NICE for this purpose. The next of these joint meetings will be held in September.
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the targets in the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions in Heywood and Middleton constituency. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs), including Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT, within the national health service to develop locally the levels of service described in the National Service Framework (NSF) for Long-term (Neurological) Conditions. The NSF has a 10-year implementation programme from its publication in March 2005, with flexibility for organisations to set the pace of change locally to take account of differences in local priorities and needs. Copies of the NSF is available in the Library.
Jim Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on supportive and palliative care has been fully implemented in Heywood and Middleton constituency. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: It is for individual primary care trusts (PCTs), including Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale PCT, within the national health service to commission services for their resident population, including end of life care, based on assessments of local needs and priorities. The NHS has been required to set out action plans to achieve compliance with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence recommendations on supportive and palliative care. Implementation is being monitored by strategic health authorities (SHAs).
Mr. Ivan Lewis: National health service beds are not strictly allocated for patients detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 or other mental health legislation. A person detained under mental health legislation will be allocated an available mental health bed, in a suitable facility.
The year on year reduction in mental health bed numbers reflects the increasing provision by the national health service in England of treatment for patients with mental health conditions in primary care and community settings, without the need for hospital admissions.
|Average daily number of beds available for acute mental health services in the NHS in England|
Department of Health form KH03
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information about the number of patients detained in England under the Mental Health Act 1983 (and related legislation) between 1 April 2002 and 31 March 2007 is shown in the following table:
|Total detentions in NHS and independent hospitals under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation, 2002-03 to 2006-07 (excluding detentions in places of safety): England|
|Number of detentions|
The table represents the total number of detentions for the period requested not necessarily the number of patients. It is possible that a patient could be detained on more than one occasion over a twelve month period.
The Information Centre for health and social care: bulletins on in-patients formally detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 1983 and other legislation.
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