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|Table 3: Predicted long-term relative survival( 1) from breast cancer( 2) for female patients aged 15 to 99: east midlands government office region, 2001 to 2003( 3)|
|Duration of survival (years)||Relative survival|
|(1 )Relative survival takes into account that some cancer patients will die from causes other than their cancer.|
(2 )Breast cancer is coded to C50 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10)
(3 )Based on all women diagnosed with breast cancer between 1981 and 2001, who were alive for at least part of the period 2001 to 2003.
Office for National Statistics,
Phil Hope: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) and the hon. Member for Bexleyheath and Crayford (Mr. Evennett) on 12 November 2008, Official Report, column 1190W.
Ann Keen: Under the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006, NHS Business Services Authority Dental Services Division can only provide validated information on the number of NHS dental practices at disproportionate cost.
The numbers of national health service dentists, as at 31 March, 1997 to 2006 are available in Annex E of the NHS Dental Activity and Workforce Report England: 31 March 2006. Information is available by strategic health authority (SHA) and by primary care trust (PCT).
This measure counted the number of NHS dentists recorded on PCT lists as at 31 March each year. This information is based on the old contractual arrangements, which were in place up to and including 31 March 2006.
This report, published on 23 August 2006, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the website of the Information Centre for health and social care at:
The numbers of dentists with NHS activity during the years ending 31 March, 2007 and 2008 are available in Table Gl of Annex 3 of the NHS Dental Statistics for England: 2007-08 report. Information is provided by SHA and by PCT. This information is based on the new dental contractual arrangements, introduced on 1 April 2006.
Following a recent consultation exercise, this measure is based on a revised methodology and therefore supersedes previously published workforce figures relating to the new dental contractual arrangements. It is not comparable to the information collected under the old contractual arrangements. This revised methodology counted the number of dental performers with NHS activity recorded via FP17 claim forms in each year ending 31 March. This report, published on 21 August 2008, has already been placed in the Library and is also available on the website of the Information Centre for health and social care at:
Further work is planned over the next few months to determine whether the new definition used under the new dental contractual arrangements can be applied to the years under the old contractual arrangements to produce a consistent time series.
Both sets of published figures relate to headcounts and do not differentiate between full-time and part-time dentists, nor do they account for the fact that some dentists may do more NHS work than others.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many units of dental activity (UDAs) issued for NHS treatment have been clawed back by each primary care trust (PCT) since April 2006; how many additional UDAs have been commissioned in the same period by each PCT; and if he will make a statement; 
Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally. Providers of dental services contract with primary care trusts (PCTs) to deliver an agreed annual level of service measured in units of dental activity. Remuneration is in 12 equal instalments. Where a contractor delivers less than 96 per cent. of the annual level of service agreed it is the responsibility of PCTs to decide how this should be handled within the regulations governing dental contracts.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the dates were of all meetings held between Ministers at his Department and Ministers at HM Treasury in the last six months; and which Ministers were present at each meeting. 
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many full-time equivalent staff in his Department assist special advisers; and what the cost of employing such staff was in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Bradshaw: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer I gave the hon. Member for Fareham (Mr. Hoban) on 17 December 2007, Official Report, column 1205W, which reflects the position on support provided for special advisers in each of the last three years.
Mr. Bradshaw: Entertainment has been assumed to mean entertaining journalists. There have been two journalists receptions held in the last 12 months, one held on 24 July 2007, another at Christmas held on 17 December 2007.
|Departmental spending on publicity and advertising 2007-08|
Ann Keen: The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) records the number of people recorded on general practice diabetes registers in England. As the care of children with diabetes is generally under the control of specialists, the register excludes those patients age 16 and under.
The following table shows the number of people recorded on diabetes registers from 2004-05 to 2007-08. This means that they have received a diagnosis of diabetes, and can therefore be offered the appropriate treatment and support.
|Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) diabetes register counts( 1)|
|(1) Figures are available only from 2004-05 onwards|
Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families on the provision of training for school staff in supporting schoolchildren with diabetes; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: The Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families and the Secretary of State for Health meet regularly to discuss matters of interest to the two Departments. This has included the child health strategy, due later this year, which will cover a range of issues including the care of children with long-term health conditions, such as diabetes.
Ann Keen: Prosthetics practitioners from other EU member states wishing to establish themselves in the United Kingdom are required to register with the Health Professions Council. The Health Professions Council will assess on a case by case basis those prosthetics practitioners who wish to practise in the United Kingdom on a temporary or occasional basis in particular to its duration, frequency, regularity and continuity.
Ann Keen: The Whole System Demonstrator programme aims to provide robust evidence on the impact of telehealth and telecare interventions. A selection of the countries leading academic organisations have been commissioned to lead what we believe to be the largest ever randomised control trial of these technologies. The evaluation will determine the extent to which the use of telehealth and telecare:
promotes individuals long term well-being and independence;
improves individuals and their carers quality of life;
improves the working lives of staff;
is more cost effective; and
is more clinically effective.
Ann Keen: The Whole System Demonstrator programme aims to evaluate telehealth and telecare and has established a randomised control trial in three sites with the aim to have 6,000 participants. This is believed to be the largest randomised control trial of telecare and telehealth anywhere in the world which will be on a scale significantly greater than anything undertaken in England.
The Department has worked closely with the Technology Strategy Board to create the Assisted Living Innovation Platform (ALIP). ALIP promotes, supports and invests in technology research, development and commercialisation. Several UK telehealth and telecare companies are already engaged in the first wave of projects supported by the platform.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Whole Systems Demonstrator Programme has cost, broken down by budget heading, and including the amount paid to external consultants and companies to monitor and oversee the programme. 
Ann Keen: The total predicted value of the programme is £31.3 million. To date approximately £16.6 million has been deployed. £13.5 million of this has been issued directly to the sites. The remainder has been used to fund the WSD Action Network, Evaluation Support, Project Management Support and Connecting for Health integration activity.
Ann Keen: There are currently no plans to mandate the use of telehealth technology to support the provision of checkups for all people over the age of 40. Telehealth investment decisions will be made locally by commissioners.
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