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Dawn Primarolo: In June 2007, we published a comprehensive strategy to tackle the harms from excessive alcohol consumptionSafe, Sensible, Social the next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy. A copy has already been placed in the Library. Our aims are:
to focus future action on reducing the types of harm that are of most concern to the public
to reduce the crime and ill health caused by alcohol
to increase the public's awareness of the risks associated with excessive consumption and how to get help
From 22 July 2008 until 14 October 2008, the Government carried out a major consultation asking for the views of the public and key stakeholders on what action the Government should take in response to the rising levels of alcohol-related health harm and crime and disorder. The Government are considering the comments carefully.
The Department put in place a vital signs indicator for the national health service from April 2008 to measure change in the rate of hospital admissions for alcohol-related conditionsthe first ever commitment to monitor how the NHS is tackling alcohol harm. The Indicator is expected to encourage the NHS to identify risky drinking
earlier, this approach linked with advice and support from general practitioners or other healthcare staff has been shown to be the best way of reducing the kind of everyday harmful drinking that leads to health harm. The indicator also provides a strong incentive for primary care trusts (PCTs) to improve treatment provision for people dependent on alcohol.
A Review of the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems was published in November 2006 by the National Treatment Agency (NTA) for the NHS. A copy has been placed in the Library. It provides comprehensive guidance on the relative effectiveness of the various alcohol treatment modalities. Guidance on developing effective local treatment systems has also been published. (Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers, DH/NTA 2005).
An Alcohol Learning Centre will help to spread world class commissioning practice across the country
A National Alcohol Treatment Monitoring System has been established to report performance data on the provision of alcohol treatment services.
Dawn Primarolo: Information is not available in the format requested. Estimates of hospital spend on antibiotics for 2007-08, by net ingredient cost (NIC), by each strategic health authority (SHA) in England, are shown in the following table.
|Estimated hospital spend on antibiotics in England 2007-08|
|SHA name||NIC (£000)|
The net ingredient cost (NIC) is the cost of the drug at NHS list price. IMS Health data are classified according to a version of the Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical (ATC) classification system used by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Data have been provided for antibiotic products in the ATC categories below, as these correspond most closely to British National Formulary (BNF) section 5.1 (Antibacterial drugs).
J01 antibacterials for systemic use
J03 systemic sulphonamides
J08 other anti-infectives.
There will be some antibiotic products, such as topical creams and eye drops, which are not included in BNF 5.1.
IMS Health: Hospital Pharmacy Audit Index
Data on prescriptions that are written in hospital and dispensed in the community are only held at national level by the NHS Information Centre. In 2007-08 the national spend on prescriptions written in hospitals and
dispensed in the community for products in British National Formulary section 5.1 (Antibacterial drugs) was £3.4 million (NIC).
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals on income support for regularly caring for individuals on disability living allowance had their support withdrawn as a result of hospitalisation in 2007-08. 
Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of employees in his Department (a) are on a flexible working contract, (b) are on a job share employment contract and (c) work from home for more than four hours per week. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The proportion of the Departments staff on a part-time working contract as at 30 September 2008 was 8.4 per cent. The proportion of staff on a job share contract at that time was 0.2 per cent. Information is not available on the percentage of staff working from home for more than four hours per week, as such arrangements are agreed with managers locally and no central records are held.
The Department encourages staff to work flexibly through providing opportunities for part time working, job sharing, term time only working and the use of flexitime. The last of these practices is particularly widespread. The Department also encourages other arrangements such as spreading working hours over nine days within a fortnight or four days within a week. It also provides the technology to allow staff to work at home on occasions. The Department also has in place specific arrangements to allow parents, adopters, guardians and foster carers of children under six (or disabled children under 18) to apply to work flexibly.
Mr. Bradshaw: The cost to date of implementing the SHOWA system, which was renamed the Business Management System (BMS) in July 2008, is £10.5 million. This cost is comprised of the following components:
In addition to the facility that enables the accurate aggregation of the Department's expenditure on consultancy services, BMS also replaces the previous
Human Resource and Finance systems and provides a new procurement facility that ensures that the Department is able to negotiate and manage its contracts in accordance with industry best practice.
Although BMS represents a large investment in public funds, the work was undertaken on the basis that implementation of the new system will realise significant business benefits. The projected benefits are summarised and quantified in the following table:
|Benefit Area||£ million|
Realising the benefits of BMS is currently the responsibility of the BMS Strategy Board, chaired by the Department's Director of Operations. A benefits realisation plan has been prepared that will be overseen by the Strategy Board, with progress subject to quarterly review by the Corporate Management Board.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what sanctions are available in cases of departmental staff found to have committed disciplinary offences; and how many times each has been used in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The sanctions available in cases of staff found to have committed disciplinary offences are listed in the following table, together with the number of times each sanction has been enacted in the last two years. Figures are not available prior to 30 September 2006.
|Sanction||Times sanction used in the last 2 years|
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department has exceeded targets set by the Cabinet Office for women, black and minority ethnic (BME) and disabled staff in the senior civil service (SCS), apart from that for women in top management posts (TMPs), covering SCS paybands 2 and above.
|Cabinet Office target||Department target||Department position as at 30 June 2008|
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) salary and (b) other remuneration was paid to guest speakers at each event organised by his Department for training of press officers in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what events were organised by his Department for the training of press officers in the last year; and what funds were allocated for each event; 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department of Health media centre holds regular training sessions on press officer skills. These are organised in-house, run by senior colleagues and have incurred no financial costs.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people recruited by his Department in 2007-08 were aged over (a) 55 years and (b) 60 years; and what percentage this represented of the number of new recruits in each case. 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) salary and (b) other remuneration was paid to guest speakers at internal training events within his Department in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department does not keep central records of internal training events run locally by business areas across the Department. To establish the information requested would incur disproportionate costs.
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 October 2008, Official Report, column 1236W, on departmental pay, whether Mr. R Channing-Wheeler is still receiving £8,400 a month towards the cost of his accommodation. 
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