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2006-07
Type of treatment Number of people receiving treatment Percentage of people receiving treatment

Inpatient treatment

7,773

2

Specialist prescribing

116,522

34

GP prescribing

51,472

15

Structured psychosocial intervention

59,317

17

Structured day programme

28,672

8

Residential rehabilitation

5,859

2

Other structured intervention

50,475

15

Young Persons' psychosocial intervention

11,908

3

Young Persons' Harm reduction services

4,447

1

Young Persons' Criminal Justice interventions

3,174

1

Young Persons' Specialist pharmacological interventions

1,168

0

Other Young Persons' specific interventions

810

0

Total treatment codes

341,597

(1)98

Missing treatment codes

29,257

Total including missing data

370,854

(1) This figure does not equal 100 per cent. due to the rounding up/down of the preceding percentages.

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2007-08
Type of treatment Number of people receiving treatment Percentage of people receiving treatment

Inpatient treatment

7,957

2

Specialist prescribing

131,110

36

GP prescribing

55,482

15

Structured psychosocial intervention

58,630

16

Structured day programme

24,308

7

Residential rehabilitation

5,350

1

Other structured intervention

59,033

16

Young Persons' psychosocial intervention

14,058

4

Young Persons' Harm reduction services

6,009

2

Young Persons' Criminal Justice interventions

3,242

1

Young Persons' Specialist pharmacological interventions

821

0

Other Young Persons' specific interventions

995

0

Total treatment codes

366,995

100

Missing treatment codes

12,053

Total including missing data

379,048


General Practitioners: Telephone Services

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects of introducing 0344 numbers for GP surgeries. [231143]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department is currently gathering evidence on the use of 0844 numbers in general practice and will consider what further action is necessary in light of that evidence.

As part of the information gathering evidence, the Department will consider the merits of the 03 number range. This exercise has not yet concluded.

Health Centres

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2008, Official Report, column 64W, on health centres, what purpose his Department expects the minimum income guarantee permitted for each new GP-led health centre to serve. [231063]

Mr. Bradshaw: Where a primary care trust (PCT) chooses to provide an income guarantee for a new general practitioner (GP)-led health centre, it shares with the provider the risks arising from starting a new service with an unknown volume of activity (unregistered patient attendances) and is therefore planning to minimise the potential financial risks and service costs from an unknown local demand. As demand and volume activity becomes predicted from such services we believe PCTs will move away from such ‘block contracts’.

Health Services

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which stroke units in England have closed since 1997; [231881]

(2) which cardiac units have closed since 1997. [231891]

Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally.


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High Dependency Units: Closures

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS high dependence units have closed since 1997. [231875]

Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not held centrally. Local health service providers, working with their commissioners of health care, determine the configuration of critical care services that most effectively meet the needs of their local populations. Since 2000, there has been an increasing trend for high dependency units to merge with intensive care units as this offers the prospects for the best outcomes for patients associated with the most effective and efficient use of resources.

Incontinence: Medical Equipment

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many times items on Part IX of the drug tariff have been prescribed in the last 12 months; what proportion of such prescriptions have been filled; and if he will make a statement. [231737]

Phil Hope: According to the prescription cost analysis (PCA) system, an estimated 23.4 million prescription items were dispensed in England for products corresponding to those listed at Part IX of the drug tariff in the period July 2007 to June 2008. The number of prescriptions written for such products is not held centrally.

Independent Television News

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department paid to ITN (a) in each year from 2005-06 to 2007-08 and (b) in 2008-09 to date; and what films were made by ITN for his Department in each year. [228268]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has commissioned three films directly from ITN Newscast in the period 2005-06, 2007-08, and 2008-09 to date. They are as follows:

Film Cost (£)

2006-07

“Enhancing Patient Care through Mental Health Research”

11,500

2007-08

“Health Research in Primary Care”

12,500

2008-09

“Transforming Health Research”

29,000

Note: All figures include VAT.

Intensive Care: Closures

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS intensive care units have closed since 1997. [231876]

Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not held centrally. Local health service providers, working with their commissioners of health care, determine the configuration of critical care services that most effectively meet the needs of their local populations. Since 2000, there has been an increasing trend for intensive care units to merge with high dependency units as this offers the prospects for the best outcomes for patients associated with the most effective and efficient use of resources.


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NHS: Correspondence

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when officials in the NHS Cancer Screening Programme plans to respond to the emails from Mr John Neate, of the Prostate Cancer Charity, to the Director of NHS Cancer Screening Programmes of (a) 29 July 2008, (b) 17 September 2008, (c) 24 September 2008 and (d) 29th September 2008 relating to the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme. [231930]

Ann Keen: On behalf of NHS Cancer Screening Programmes, the National Cancer Director, Professor Mike Richards, responded in full to all the points raised by The Prostate Cancer Charity in his letter of 9 October 2008 to Mr. John Neate.

NHS: Drugs

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has (a) evaluated and (b) commissioned on abnormalities, other than vaginal cancer, which have occurred amongst daughters of women prescribed the drug diethylstilbestrol. [231654]

Ann Keen: Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is an oestrogenic hormone formerly used in the treatment of threatened miscarriage.

The Department is aware of several studies that are investigating the risk of abnormalities other than vaginal cancer in women who were exposed to DES in utero. Most of these data come from a large ongoing study conducted by the National Institute of Cancer in the United States. These data have not been formally evaluated but there is some evidence to suggest that the risk of cervical cancer in DES daughters may be increased and limited support for an increased risk of breast cancer in young women. The Department encourages women to attend regular cervical and breast screening.

In 1978 a study commissioned by the Medical Research Council followed up women in the UK who had been exposed to DES and their offspring for all significant health outcomes. Mothers and offspring were flagged at the National Health Service Central Register and coded copies of death and cancer registrations were notified to the researchers. Follow-up was discontinued in 1999 due to small numbers of participants.

NHS: Fees and Charges

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what services are not provided free at the point of use in the NHS; when charges were introduced for each of these services; and how much was raised by each type of charge (a) in the last year for which figures are available and (b) since its introduction or in the last 30 years, whichever is the shorter period. [229495]

Mr. Bradshaw: Some services in the national health service are not provided free at the point of need for certain sections of the population. However, help with NHS charges is available for priority groups such as children, older people and those on a low income and different exemptions apply for different charges. The
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main charges and exemptions are set out in booklet HC11 “Help with Health Costs” which has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department's website at:

NHS primary dental care services are part funded by patient contributions. Charges for dentures were first introduced in 1951. From 1952 onwards, charges have been applicable to all types of dental treatment and were extended to include dental examinations in 1989. Charges are not applicable to dental treatment received in an NHS hospital, although outpatients may have to pay for the supply of dentures or bridges. Charge income collected from NHS primary dental care services in England is shown in the table.

Financial year NHS dental charge income (£ million)

2007-08

538.3

2006-07

472.2

2005-06

409.8

2004-05

465.9

2003-04

483.6

2002-03

486.7

2001-02

472.1

2000-01

451.9

1999-2000

431.2

1998-99

419.6

1997-98

388.4

1996-97

383.0

1995-96

381.2

1994-95

383.3

1993-94

367.0

1992-93

394.8

1991-92

404.0

1990-91

379.7

1989-90

366.2

1988-89

290.6

1987-88

240.4

1986-87

221.0

1985-86

196.1

1984-85

170.5

1983-84

155.3

1982-83

141.0

1981-82

115.1

1980-81

92.5

1979-80

69.9

1978-79

55.4

Source: NHS accounts or associated audited notes.

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