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In addition, a further full-time member of staff is currently being recruited to support 2012 legacy work. This member of staff would represent-0.2 FTE on project management and 0.8 FTE on legacy planning.
Furthermore, the Department has also assigned an envelope of funding to each of the nine regions for the comprehensive spending review period. In 2008-09 each Regional Public Health Group (RPHG) will receive £100,000 for physical activity. This will be used as each region sees best, to put in place action plans working with partner organisations and stakeholders, though each RPHG has been tasked by the Department to develop a regional 2012 Health Legacy Action Plan that complements the national Legacy Action Plan to deliver a 2012 health legacy. It is likely that a proportion of this funding will be used to secure additional capacity to take forward programmes.
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|Current full-time equivalent members of staff working on projects related to London 2012 (as at 12 September 2008)|
At present, there are no plans for any increase on current staff levels in relation to the 2012 Olympics at the Health Protection Agency. However, over the next four years some increase might be necessary.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the contribution of the National Gold Standards Framework Centre to the effective functioning of the Gold Standards Framework. 
Dawn Primarolo: The National Gold Standards Framework Centre made an important contribution to the roll out of the Gold Standards Framework. This was recognised by the support they received through the Departments £12 million National Health Service End of Life Care Programme, which ran from 2004 to 2007.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of Londons NHS foundation trusts and teaching hospitals are not implementing the policy of allowing patients to use the choose and book appointments system; to what extent the implementation of this policy is being overseen by (a) Monitor, the independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts and (b) the Healthcare Commission; and if he will make a statement. 
We are informed by the Chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHSFTs) that during 2007-08, compliance with the requirement to implement and maintain systems to support Choose and Book was reported by NHSFTs to Monitor on a quarterly basis. In 2007-08, no NHSFT reported to Monitor that it did not have in place the systems in order to enable it to offer choice to patients.
The Healthcare Commission has an indicator Convenience and Choice as part of the annual health check. It assesses trusts on the information that providers have on NHS Choices and the availability of appointment slots on Choose and Book for patients to book their appointment.
Dawn Primarolo: While it is for national health service providers and commissioners to decide how best to meet the needs of pregnant women with diabetes, both the National Service Framework for Diabetes, and the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services include standards that refer specifically to diabetes in pregnancy. Commissioners should aim to provide services that meet these standards.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to implement the provisions of the Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment Order 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: The amendment order came into force on 1 April 2008. However, to fully implement the provisions allowing Nurse and Pharmacist Independent Prescribers to prescribe all controlled drugs, corresponding amendments to the Home Offices Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001 are also necessary. These amendments are expected to come into force later this year.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what representations his Department has received from (a) hon. Members and (b) other interested parties in the last 12 months on the service provided by (i) ScriptSwitch Ltd and (ii) other systems used by clinicians to alert them to cheaper substitute medicines; 
(5) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the use of ScriptSwitch on (a) patient safety, (b) patient safety with specific regard to those patients with co-morbidities, (c) quality of care, (d) prescribing costs and (e) clinical freedom to prescribe; and if he will make a statement. 
Following publication of the National Audit Office's May 2007 report Prescribing costs in primary care, the Department issued guidance entitled Strategies to Achieve Cost Effective Prescribing on 26 June 2007. This outlines advice to primary care trusts (PCTs) and general practitioner practices on how to consider releasing resources through so-called 'therapeutic switching' strategies. It gives details of a number of principles that should underpin any strategy, including the principle that decisions should be based on patients'
individual clinical needs. The guidance has been placed in the Library and is available from the Department's website at:
We are aware that a commercially available prescribing support software tool provided by Scriptswitch Ltd has been adopted by a number of PCTs. The Department does not hold information on the numbers of PCTs using the tool, on individual contractual arrangements or on national health service expenditure on this product. The Department has not undertaken any assessment of the effects of the use of Scriptswitch by the NHS.
The Department is unaware of any other system similar to that provided by Scriptswitch Ltd. Apart from the questions asked by the hon. Member for Eddisbury, in the period 31 August 2007 to 1 September 2008 the Department received three written representations concerning Scriptswitch.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timescale is for (a) the consultation exercise on the regulation of psychotherapists, (b) the publication of the results of the consultation, (c) any decisions contingent on the consultation and (d) the implementation of those decisions. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department is not currently consulting on the regulation of psychotherapists, however discussions on the scope of practice and the national occupational standards for psychotherapists are continuing. Once agreement has been reached we will publish proposals for public consultation.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the Cancer Reform Strategy's Impact Assessment, if he will break down the one-off transition costs for improving radiotherapy services by anticipated expenditure on (a) increasing capacity, (b) reducing cancer waits and (c) collecting and analysing outcomes data. 
|(1) Cell size of 1 to 4 and totals have been masked to protect deductive disclosure in accordance with Office for National Statistics guidelines.|
1. The data available from the KC60 statutory returns are for diagnoses made in GUM clinics only. Diagnoses made in other clinical settings, such as general practice, are not recorded in the KC60 dataset.
2. The information provided has been adjusted for missing clinic data.
3. Additional information on infants born with a sexually transmitted infection can be found on the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) Service website www.hesonline.nhs.uk.
4. Some of the data from GUM clinics may be from referrals and therefore may also be counted in the HES dataset.
5. Not all infants born with a sexually transmitted infection would have been referred to a GUM clinic.
Health Protection Agency, KC60 returns
|Confirmed mother to baby HIV transmission|
Additional information on reporting of infants born to HIV-infected women is available at www.nshpc.ucl.ac.uk. Since some infants with perinatally acquired HIV are diagnosed in later childhood, further reports are expected, particularly for 2006 and 2007.
National Study of HIV in Pregnancy and Childhood, reports to June 2008
Mr. Bradshaw: Primary care trusts can enter into arrangements with a primary medical services contractor to carry out minor surgery, provided the contractor meets minimum requirements as set out in Primary Medical Services (Directed Enhanced Services) (England) Directions 2007. This includes requirements regarding training, accountability, audit and governance arrangements.
There is a nationally mandated accreditation process for general practitioners with special interest (GPwSIs). This is underpinned by a series of speciality specific guidance including one for dermatology and skin surgery.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations his Department received on the grant to council staff of powers to enter private homes during its review of care law; and what work the Law Commission is undertaking on the issue. 
Dawn Primarolo: No representations have been received by the Department. No decisions have been made on the extent of the Law Commissions review of social care law. Terms of reference for any possible future work by the Law Commission have yet to be drafted and agreed between the Department and the Law Commission.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether care providers are informed when Criminal Records Bureau checks on their prospective employees are discovered not to have been correctly carried out; what estimate he has made of the number of such checks; and whether he plans to provide compensation to care providers for such cases. 
All the quality control procedures at the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) are geared to achieving the highest levels of accuracy. In addition, the CRB carries out a post disclosure accuracy check that analyses all aspects of the disclosure application and its issue. This check was introduced in 2007 and is based on a statistical sample of disclosure applications and from that sample it can be ascertained that the accuracy rate for 2006-07 is 99.94 per cent. and for 2007-08 is 99.98 per cent. No comparative data are available before these dates and the CRB does not collate information by specific sectors such as the care sector or providers.
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