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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the contingency arrangements NHS trusts have made in the event that the supplier of their telecommunications infrastructure for patients is unable to fulfil its contractual obligations. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department is not party to the contracts made with any of the companies that provide the bedside telephone service to patients and it has not made an assessment of the contingency arrangements national health service trusts have in place, should their service provider be unable to fulfil its contractual obligations.
It is the responsibility of the NHS trust to consider contingency arrangements, should it wish to continue to provide this service to its patients.
The bedside telephone is an additional service to that which existed in the past so alternatives already exist in hospitals. It is still possible for relatives and friends to contact a hospital via its main switchboard, and then be
transferred to the nurses station on a ward to inquire about their relatives health, as they have always been able to do in the past.
Mobile phone usage is allowed in specified areas of the hospital and payphones also exist as an alternative for patients.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) children and (b) adults were (i) obese and (ii) overweight when measured by body mass index in (A) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (B) the Dacorum Borough Council area, (C) the East of England and (D) England at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Dawn Primarolo: The information requested is not available in the exact format requested.
Information on the percentage of children and adults who are obese or overweight in Hemel Hempstead constituency is not available.
Information on the percentage of children who are obese or overweight and the percentage of adults who are overweight, in Dacorum local authority, is not available.
A model-based estimate of the prevalence of adults who are obese in Dacorum local authority was not found to be statistically different than the national estimate. This information is shown in the following table.
|Model-based estimates of obesity prevalence, 2003-05|
|(1) The national estimate is derived directly from the Health Surveys for England 2003-05 (with Confidence Intervals) and therefore is not a model-based estimate.|
Model-Based Estimates Of Healthy Lifestyles Behaviours, 2003-05.
Neighbourhood Statistics, Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Information on the proportion of children that are obese or overweight aged 4-5 and 10-11 years in East of England is collected through the National Child Measurement Programme and can be found in table B, page 38, National Child Measurement Programme: 2006-07 school year, headline results which was published on February 21 2008. This publication has been placed in the Library.
Information on the percentage of adults that are obese or overweight in East of England is collected through the Health Survey for England and can be
found in table 5.3, page 99, Health Survey for England 2006: Volume 1 Cardiovascular disease and risk factors in adults, which was published on January 31 2008. This publication is available in the Library.
Information on the proportion of children aged 4-5 and 10-11 years that are obese or overweight in England is also collected through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) and can be found in table 1, page 3, National Child Measurement Programme: 2006-07 school year, headline results.
Information on the percentage of adults that are obese or overweight in England is also collected through the Health Survey for England and can be found in table 5.2, page 98, Health Survey for England 2006: Volume 1 Cardiovascular disease and risk factors in adults.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how his Department plans to measure the effectiveness of the Give and Let Live donor education programme; 
(2) whether the Give and Let Live donor education programme is a pilot programme. 
Ann Keen: The Give and Let Live teachers pack and website was developed in 2006-07, and piloted in some schools following consultation and evaluation. The pack was then offered to all secondary schools in September 2007. Further evaluation of the pack is currently underway.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged (a) 16 to 20 and (b) 21 to 25 years are included on the (i) British bone marrow register, (ii) NHS blood donor register and (iii) NHS organ donor register. 
Ann Keen: NHS Blood and Transplant have provided information in the following table of the number of people aged 16-20 years and 21-25 years who are on the British Bone Marrow Register, registered to donate blood and on the Organ Donor Register.
|Number of people registered on the British bone marrow register|
|(1) Minimum lower age to join registry is 18 years old.|
|Number of people registered as blood donors (England North Wales)|
|(1) Minimum lower age to join registry is 17 years old.|
|Number of people on organ donor register|
|(1) There is no lower age limit for joining registry.|
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what process was used for selecting the marketing company for the Give and Let Live donor education programme; 
(2) how his Department plans to measure the performance of the marketing company for the Give and Let Live donor education programme. 
Ann Keen: NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) followed the Central Office of Information (COI) procurement procedures to tender for the Give and Let Live education pack and website. The process selected three agencies from the COI Official Journal of the European Union framework agreement. Each agency was invited to pitch to a panel consisting of representatives from NHSBT and COI. A specialist education agency was appointed.
NHSBT and COI regularly monitor the work of the specialist education agency to ensure it is following the project plan and continuing to meet the project objectives.
Independent evaluation of the Give and Let Live pack and website is currently underway.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of paramedics qualifying in 2007 who have not been employed by the NHS. 
Ann Keen: The information is not collected centrally.
Up until this year ambulance trusts were responsible for training their workforce locally.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to improve the rates of early diagnosis for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 
Ann Keen: The Department is currently considering advice from the Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) External Reference Group on proposed markers of good practice from prevention through to end of life care. This advice will be considered by Ministers and options developed for implementation. These will include options for early diagnosis of people with COPD and raising awareness of the disease.
Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated direct cost to the NHS was of providing care for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) County Durham and (b) England in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Ann Keen: Information by Region is not collected centrally.
For England(1), the latest estimate published is £492 million per annum for direct costs to national health service as at 2000-01.
(1) National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence estimate (based on Britton 2003, and using 2000-01 data). Further information is available at:
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of cases of post-operative bleeding after heart surgery operations (a) in total and (b) as a proportion of procedures performed in each of the last three years. 
Ann Keen: The information is shown in the following table.
|Completed years dataSociety for Cardiothoracic Surgery Great Britain and Ireland|
|Cases||Post-op bleeding||Percentage of all cases|
Central Cardiac Audit Database
The Adult Cardiac Surgical module of the Central Cardiac Audit Database identifies bleeding when it requires re-operation post cardiac surgery. The precise definition in the dataset is re-operation for bleeding or tamponade.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many transplant operations there were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) type of organ and (b) strategic health authority area; and how many viable human organs available under the NHS Organ Donor Register were not used for a transplant operation in each such year. 
Ann Keen: The number of transplant operations carried out in each year since 1997, by organ type and strategic health authority (SHA), is shown in the following tables.
For information on the number of viable organs available under the NHS Organ Donor Register that were not used for a transplant operation, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave him on 16 May 2008, Official Report, column 1824W.
|Organ transplants, United Kingdom, 1997 to 2007 , by year and organ transplanted|
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