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Cuttings from the regional press are provided by TNS Media Intelligence. The following is a list of the keywords that are used by TNS Media Intelligence as of 25 November 2008.

The lists of keywords are used by the press cuttings agencies to electronically search through press articles, before the articles are checked by hand to make sure that non-relevant articles are not included.

Maternity Services

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of progress towards implementation of the national choice guarantee for maternity services. [238540]

Ann Keen: The NHS Operating Framework for 2007-08 (a copy of which has already been placed in the Library) stated that this was a preparatory year for primary care trusts (PCTs) to undertake a needs assessment and to make plans for meeting the maternity commitment by the end of 2009. It is for strategic health authorities to monitor the performance of PCTs.

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what data will be gathered through the National Maternity Services Dataset; and if he will make a statement. [238543]


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Ann Keen: A draft version of the National Maternity Services Dataset has been placed in the Library and can also be found at:

Work is ongoing in developing the final version which will be published in due course.

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 10 November 2008, Official Report, column 834W, on maternity services, what correspondence his Department has had with primary care trusts on the additional sums to be made available for maternity care in the years 2008-09 to 2010-11 since the publication of the NHS Operating Framework for 2008-09. [238706]

Phil Hope: This funding has been the subject of discussion between the Department of Health and strategic health authorities, but there has been no official correspondence between the Department and PCTs on the additional sums to be made available for maternity care in the years 2008-09 to 2010-11 since the publication of the NHS Operating Framework for 2008-09.

However, David Flory, NHS Director General of Finance, Performance and Operations at the Department wrote to strategic health authority (SHA) Chief Executives on 22 August 2008 following publication of the Healthcare Commission’s review of maternity services on 10 July 2008. This set out the expectations that SHA Chief Executives should monitor implementation of action plans in the trusts that were performing least well on maternity services.

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many registered neonatal nurses there are in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) nationwide. [239350]

Ann Keen: The annual NHS workforce census does not separately identify neonatal nurses. The Government have supported the development of a range of specialist roles within nursing. It is for local national health service organisations to invest in training for specialist skills and to deploy specialist nurses in accordance with their local needs.

The number of qualified paediatric nurses, which includes neonatal nurses and other nurses involved in the care of children, is shown for Hertfordshire and England in the following table:


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NHS hospital and community health services: qualified paediatric nurses in England, the east of England strategic health authority area and each specified organisation as at 30 September 2007
Headcount

Number of qualified paediatric nurses

England

18,923

O f which :

East of England strategic health authority area

1,240

O f which :

West Hertfordshire PCT

42

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

58

Note:
The numbers of paediatric nurses for Hemel Hempstead and the United Kingdom are not available.
Source:
The NHS Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.

Medical Insurance Scheme

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what medical insurance scheme benefits are offered through (a) the NHS Graduate Training Scheme and (b) the Gateway to Leadership programme; what estimate he has made of the cost of providing these benefits in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [236957]

Ann Keen: There are no medical insurance scheme benefits offered through the NHS Graduate Training Scheme or the Gateway to Leadership programme.

Medical Treatments

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate the cost of full implementation of guidance from the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence on (a) drug and alcohol treatment and services and (b) access to psychological therapies over the next 10 years. [237168]

Dawn Primarolo: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) develops costing tools to support implementation of its guidance in the national health service. The costing tools estimate the cost to implement NICE's recommendations and are published alongside final guidance on NICE'S website.

Mental Health Services

Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the (a) capital cost and (b) annual running cost of providing an additional place in the (a) secure and (b) semi-secure mental health estate; and if he will make a statement; [239821]

(2) what his plans are for the future number of places to be provided in the (a) secure and (b) semi-secure mental health estate; and if he will make a statement; [239822]

(3) what the average cost of keeping a person in a (a) secure and (b) semi-secure place in mental health accommodation for (i) a week and (ii) a year was in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement; [239823]

(4) how many (a) secure and (b) semi-secure places in mental health accommodation there were in each of the last 10 years. [239824]

Phil Hope: Secure mental health services are defined as high, medium and low secure. Arrangements for each of those levels of security differ.


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High secure services fall within the statutory responsibility of the Secretary of State for Health. These services are overseen by a national oversight group and a ministerial ‘line of sight’ responsibility is exercised through dedicated performance managers in local strategic health authorities. Commissioning of high secure services sits with a national high secure commissioning team, accountable to the national commissioning group and reporting to the national oversight group.

Because of the special arrangements in place for high security, the Secretary of State has access to high level information relating to bed capacity and key aspects of performance. High secure services are currently operating to a five-year capacity plan commissioning approximately 780 beds nationally. The service level agreement value for 2006-07 was £218,817,000. A further five-year capacity review for beyond 2010-11 is currently being commissioned.

Medium secure services are commissioned and performance managed at a local level by the NHS, predominantly through specialised commissioning groups.

Because NHS commissioners are responsible for forecasting future demand and procuring it in the most effective way, information on capital and annual running costs of services is held locally by commissioners and not collected nationally. The national reference cost reported for 2006-07 for medium secure mental health units was £453.00 per bed day.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by the hon. Member for Bury, South (Mr. Lewis) to the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central (Jenny Willott) vol. 474, columns 1220-22W, for information on historic bed numbers in NHS secure units.

Midwives

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 October 2008, Official Report, columns 1461-62W, on midwives, what the average national benchmark price for the tuition fee of a student midwife was in each academic year since 1997-98. [238538]

Ann Keen: The National Benchmark Prices for student midwives for each year since their implementation in 2005-06 are provided in the following table:


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£

Midwifery diploma Midwifery degree

2005-06

Standard

7,450

7,450

Outer London

7,823

7,823

Inner London

8,046

8,046

Average

7,773

7,773

2006-07

Standard

7,632

7,632

Outer London

8,013

8,013

Inner London

8,242

8,242

Average

7,962

7,962

2007-08

Standard

7,838

7,838

Outer London

8,230

8,230

Inner London

8,465

8,465

Average

8,178

8,178

1 April 2008-09

Standard

8,049

8,049

Outer London

8,452

8,452

Inner London

8,693

8,693

Average

8,398

8,398

1 September 2008-09

Standard

8,363

8,363

Outer London

8,782

8,782

Inner London

9,032

9,032

Average

8,726

8,726


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