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Care Homes: Fees and Charges

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the responses to the consultation on changes to the Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide. [212200]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department will undertake public consultation in 2008 on the recommendations of a group of key stakeholders on changes to the Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG). These consultations will be in accordance with Cabinet Office guidance, allowing 12 weeks for comments to be submitted. Any changes agreed by Ministers will be implemented at an appropriate date after the end of the consultation.

From 2007, the Department has not consulted on the uprating of items in the regulations and the CRAG, such as the capital limits and personal expenses allowance, where any such changes are simply being uprated using the formula applied in previous years. However, consultation will take place if there are other proposed changes.

Care Homes: Inspections

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) private, (b) public and (c) voluntary sector homes for the elderly in (i) Tamworth constituency and (ii) Staffordshire were inspected by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [215811]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: We have been informed by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) that care homes are not registered as, for example, care homes for older people. CSCI inspectors will decide at the time of an inspection whether to inspect a home against the national minimum standards (NMS) for care homes for older people or younger adults. This decision is based on the age profile of the residents of the home.

The following table shows the number of homes which were active in Staffordshire council with social services responsibilities (CSSR) area on 31 March at the end of each financial year shown, that had been inspected at some point prior against the NMS for older people (though not necessarily during the year in question).

CSCI is unable to provide separate data for Tamworth, which is not a CSSR. The lowest level at which CSCI is able to report is that of a CSSR, of which there are 150 in England.

Ownership type

Local authority NHS Other Private Voluntary Total































(1) Data collected by the National Care Standards Commission.
(2 )Complete data not available.
CSCI registration and inspection database.

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Cervical Cancer: Screening

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of women in Tamworth constituency have received cervical smear tests within the recommended period of time in the last 12 months. [215761]

Ann Keen: The information requested is not available by parliamentary constituency. The following table shows the requested information for South Staffordshire primary care trust (PCT).

Cervical Screening Programme: coverage( 1) of the target age group (25-64) for South Staffordshire PCT, as at 31 March 2007

Coverage (less than 3.5 years since last adequate test) Coverage (less than 5 years since last adequate test)





South Staffordshire PCT



(1) Coverage is defined as the percentage of women in a population eligible for screening at a given point in time (31 March 2007) who were less than the specified period since their last test producing an adequate test result.
National policy for the cervical screening programme is that eligible women aged 25 to 64 should be screened every three or five years (women aged 25 to 49 are screened every three years, those aged 50 to 64 every five years).
The Information Centre for health and social care

Children: Diabetes

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions of children with diabetes. [214794]

Ann Keen: In April 2007, the Department published Making every Young Person with Diabetes Matter, the report of the Children and Young People with Diabetes working group, copies of this report have been placed in the Library. The report looked at ways to improve diabetes services for children and young people, including better commissioning and workforce planning, to improve care and thereby reduce the incidence of emergency hospital admissions. The report's recommendations are being taken forward by an implementation group led by Dr. Sheila Shribman, National Clinical Director for Children, and including representatives from Diabetes UK, the royal colleges, the Healthcare Commission and other partner organisations committed to facilitating the implementation of best practice nationally.

Clinical Spine Application

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS service providers have implemented the Clinical Spine Application. [215015]

Mr. Bradshaw: The following national health service organisations and other organisations that provide NHS services have recorded themselves as having completed the final implementation milestone ‘Implementation
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Complete’ in respect of the clinical spine application (CSA) phase 1 of the NHS Strategic Tracing Service Closure Project.

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