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Dr. Desmond Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department plans to take to address the effect on paediatric services for children and young people with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome of the closure of units in Leeds, Stevenage and London. 
Ann Keen: We have no plans to address the effect on paediatric services for children and young people by the closure of these specialist units. 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 chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis.
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what surveys were conducted by (a) YouGov, (b) ICM, (c) Gallup, (d) GfK NOP, (f) ComRes and (g) Opinion Leader Research on behalf of his Department in the financial year 2007-08; and what the cost of each to the public purse was. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS doctors of each specialty and grade which will be needed to meet the requirements of the European Working Time Directive in each of the next 10 years. 
NHS trusts have successfully delivered the current European Working Time Directive (EWTD) requirements. The Department commissioned NHS National Workforce Projects to support local implementation of the final phase of EWTD requirements, namely the 48-hour working week for doctors in training. The solutions developed to support the local NHS do not rely on lots more doctors.
Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally. It is the responsibility of local employers to implement European Working Time Directive (EWTD) as part of their health and safety obligations. The new deal contract monitoring returns give an indication of national health service readiness for fully implementing the EWTD 48-hour week for doctors in training. Monitoring information for 2007 is published on the NHS employers website at:
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which local authority wards he plans to establish new GP practices as part of his Departments programme to provide greater GP provision in those primary care trusts with the poorest provision. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Those primary care trusts with poorest provision are currently engaging with their stakeholders, including local patients and clinicians, through their local consultations to determine the precise locations of these new services. Information on these PCTs is shown in the following table.
|Primary care trust (PCT)||Strategic health authority (SHA)|
Ann Keen: The Government have done a good deal to promote well-being among health care professionals and support staff since 1997. This includes: Improving Working Lives (2000) and Practice Plus (2001); NHS Plus (2001), providing occupational health to NHS staff; the NHS Employers reference guide to staff well-being, the Healthy Workplaces Handbook (October 2007); NHS Health and Well-being pilots and Health for Health professionals pilots (2008). In addition, a number of primary care trusts (PCTs) took part in both the recent departmental sponsored Investors in People Health and Well-being at Work and British Health Foundation Well@Work pilots.
For the future, the Government will be responding later in the year to the proposals in Professor Dame Carol Blacks, the National Director for Health and Works Review of the health of the working age, Working for a healthier tomorrow (March 2008) to make all work places healthier. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he and his officials have had with European counterparts on the European Working Time Directive in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Government have listened to the issues that are important to the public in relation to health care services at night-time and delivered real improvements to availability and standards of services. Improvements have included:
the introduction of NHS Direct giving people a means of accessing health advice at any time and where necessary being supported to access appropriate treatment;
improved availability of out of hours pharmacy services. The Pharmacy White Paper, published in April, sets out ways in which urgent access to medicines can be further improved;
allowing general practitioners to transfer responsibility for providing out of hours services to primary care trusts (PCTs). This has given PCTs the legal responsibility and opportunity to ensure that everyone has access to consistently high quality and responsive out of hours service; and
a guide to risk-assessing hospitals at night to help ensure that hospital at night solutions are designed and implemented to provide safer patient care was jointly published by the National Patient Safety Agency and Modernisation Agency.
In addition to the service improvements that have taken place over the last 10 years, there has been a focus on assessing performance which has looked not only at service availability but also the quality of those services. In 2004 the Department published, Standards for Better Health (National Standards Local Health and Social Care Standards and Planning Framework 2005-062007-08) setting out the level of quality all organisations providing national health service care are expected to meet or aspire to across the NHS in England. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.
The current performance assessment model carried out by the independent regulator, the Healthcare Commission, includes the core standards i.e. the minimum level of quality that health care services are expected to meet. Each year, the Healthcare Commission produces the Annual Health Check detailing the outcome of this performance assessment. The Commission also regulates independent health care providers.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will assess the effect of the implementation of the Working Time Directive in other EU member states on the ability of UK citizens to access healthcare of equal quality in those states. 
John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the take-up rate by NHS trusts in England of the NHS Institute's Productive Ward implementation modules launched in January. 
Ann Keen: No assessment has been carried out centrally. It is for local national health service trusts in partnership with strategic health authorities to implement the productive ward programme in accordance with local needs.
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