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By 2008, improve health and safety outcomes in Great Britain through progressive improvements in the control of risk in the workplace.
The PSA target is measured against six sub-targets, including one for ill health incidencea 6 per cent. reduction in the 2004-05 baseline. The Health and Safety Executive publishes a statistics progress report annually. The latest report for the period 2006-07 indicates that for ill health and self reported HSE is not on track to meet the PSA target.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of the number of retired UK citizens living in countries in respect of which no uprating of pensions agreement has been made. 
March 2007 Retirement Pension and Widows Benefit administrative data, 5 per cent. sample
March 2007 Retirement Pension and Widows Benefit administrative data, 5 per cent. sample
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what plans his Department has to include the additional costs of living with disability in official calculations and indicators of poverty. 
[holding answer 23 April 2008]: We are committed to tackling all aspects of disability poverty and have already made considerable progress. The number of disabled individuals in households with an income below 60 per cent. of median on an After Housing Cost basis fell by 500,000 in Great Britain
between 1998-99 and 2005-06. On a Before Housing Cost basis the number of disabled individuals in households with an income below 60 per cent. of median fell by around 100,000 over the same period.
In 2005 the Department's report Review of existing research on the extra costs of disability(1) found that all studies conducted to date have concluded that there are extra costs incurred by disabled people. However, measuring these extra costs is conceptually and methodologically difficult and there is disagreement over what constitutes the extra costs disabled people face. As a result the existing evidence supporting estimates of the extra costs of disability varies widely.
(1) Working Paper No. 21, September 2005:
1. Data are taken from the Households Below Average Income series 2005-06.
2. Figures are rounded to the nearest 100,000.
3. The definition of disability used by HBAI changed in 2002-03. It is not possible to separate out definitional and real effects. For 1998-99, available data exclude Northern Ireland, therefore changes across Great Britain between 1998-99 and 2005-06 have been presented.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many non-UK citizens claimed benefits in each year since 1997, broken down by benefit claimed; and how many of them were living in the UK in each case. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the compatibility of UK legislation with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement. 
Information on the number of assaults against accident and emergency staff and on how many hospital staff have been hospitalised as a result of assault while on duty is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital emergency admissions were recorded in England for diabetic ketoacidosis and hypoglycaemic coma in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age, (b) sex, (c) type of diabetes and (d) primary care trust. 
Ann Keen: Tables showing emergency hospital admissions with a primary diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis or hypoglycaemic coma between 2002-03 and 2006-07, the latest year for which data is available, broken down by age, gender, type of diabetes and primary care trust, have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to collect information on the number of newly diagnosed cases of rheumatoid arthritis; what recent representations he has received on the number of persons with rheumatoid arthritis; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: We have no plans to collect national information on the number of people newly diagnosed with specific medical conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis. Primary care trust commissioners of national health service services should make commissioning decisions by identifying current needs and anticipating future trends. This includes the gathering of quantitative and quantative information that they require to do this.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2008, Official Report, column 1454W, on cancer: urinary
system, (1) when he expects the information submitted by strategic health authorities confirming the position for 31st December 2007 to have been analysed; whether this information is being analysed by (a) his Department and (b) the NHS Cancer Action team; and whether the results of this analysis will be published; 
(3) which networks in summer 2007 were (a) already reporting implementation of the Improving Outcomes Guidance and (b) reporting that they were on schedule to implement the Guidance by 31st December 2007. 
Ann Keen: The information submitted by strategic health authorities (SHAs) confirming the position for 31 December 2007 has now been analysed by the cancer action team. There are no plans to publish this analysis.
East of England;
Yorkshire and the Humber;
West Midlands; and
South east coast.
Derby and Burton;
Greater Manchester and Cheshire;
Lancashire and South Cumbria;
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland;
Merseyside and Cheshire;
North of England;
South East London;
South West London; and
Avon Somerset and Wiltshire;
North East London;
Three Counties; and
(1) Mount Vernon's plans were interim and based on a proposed new build at Hatfield. The new build is not now going ahead and implementation of a revised urology Improving Outcome Guidance action plan for Mount Vernon is expected later this year.
Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence he has assessed on the (a) health effects and (b) cost-effectiveness of screening the general population for cardiovascular disease. 
Ann Keen: The Department has undertaken modelling work which has confirmed that a universal vascular checks programme for those aged between 40 and 74 years is both cost and clinically effective. It will publish a technical report on the modelling work in summer 2008 which will be the subject of a consultation.
Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the merits of screening specific high risk populations for cardiovascular disease, with particular reference to people with rheumatoid arthritis; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: The National Screening Committee recommended that a whole population approach be taken to vascular risk assessment. The Department's subsequent modelling has confirmed that a vascular checks programme, as described in Putting Prevention First, would be both clinically and cost effective for those aged between 40 and 74. However, assessment and management of cardiovascular risk of people with conditions that put them at higher risk of cardiovascular disease may be undertaken as part of their overall clinical management where indicated. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.
Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department plans to take to assess what services are offered to children and adults who are bedbound or housebound due to the effects of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome; 
(3) what steps his Department is taking to encourage primary care trusts to implement the recommendations of the new guidelines on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome produced in August 2007 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence. 
Ann Keen: Health professionals are expected to use their clinical judgment taking into account best practice and existing clinical guidelines, including those produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, to provide the most appropriate treatment for the individual living with chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME).
We have no plans to address any geographical gaps in the provision of local specialist services. Local health bodies have a duty to commission health and social care services to meet the needs of their local population, including those living with CFS/ME.
Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to reduce the average time taken to diagnose myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. 
Ann Keen: Diagnosis for chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis can be prolonged as there is no specific test for this condition, and therefore other diseases with similar symptoms must be ruled out before a diagnosis can be made. The recent guidance produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provides a list of medical tests that should be used to rule out other conditions.
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