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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the Government plans to spend to modernise health service equipment for cancer treatments over the next three years; and what types of equipment are planned to be replaced. 
Ann Keen: As part of the Cancer Reform Strategy (CRS), £250 million capital funding has been made available over the next three years (2008-09 to 2010-11) to improve and modernise cancer equipment. This funding will be included in the total capital funding available to the national health service under the NHS capital planning process. Equipment which has reached the end of its useful life should be replaced under local capital investment strategies.
It will be for local determination to decide the level of funding required to meet the needs of their patients and to ensure local cancer services are delivered and equipment is maintained and replaced in accordance with commitments, standards and recommendations made in the CRS and other relevant guidance provided by professional bodies.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department spent on works and
refurbishment to offices allocated to Ministers in his Departments buildings in the last 12 months. 
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the initial estimated (a) cost and (b) delivery date was of each ICT project initiated by his Department in each year since 1997; what the (i) outturn cost and (ii) completion date was of each such project subsequently completed; which contractors were hired for each project; and how much has been paid to each contractor in respect of each project to date. 
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|At 30 September each year||Total||Unknown gender||Male||Female||Male||Female||Male||Female|
Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many complaints his Department has received on prices charged in retail outlets within NHS hospitals in each of the last 12 months; 
Dawn Primarolo: Under income generation powers hospitals are able to establish and operate retail outlets that complement and extend the range of services and facilities for patients and visitors, as well as providing additional income that is re-invested directly back into local healthcare services.
Income generation guidance advises that prices must conform to Fair Trading, Enterprise and Competition legislation. The Departments records of correspondence show no instances of complaints relating to prices charged in NHS retail outlets in the last 12 months.
Mr. Bradshaw: Three general practitioner (GP) care systems have successfully demonstrated compatibility and have been used in the creation of patient summary care records in the early adopter primary care trusts. It is anticipated that a fourth supplier will have achieved compatibility by April 2009. These four suppliers represent 95 per cent. of all GP care systems in use throughout England. Other suppliers are making progress towards compatibility, but no firm timelines exist for their systems to achieve compatibility at this stage.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of patients in each (a) acute trust, (b) primary care trust, (c) mental health trust and (d) GP practice have had their care records uploaded; 
(2) how many and what proportion of (a) acute trusts, (b) primary care trusts, (c) mental health trusts and (d) GP practices in each region have deployed summary care records; and what the timetable for their full deployment is. 
A summary care record (SCR) early adopter programme has been established in a small number of primary care trusts (PCTs) to ensure lessons were learned prior to national implementation of the
SCR. The number of patient records created and the number of general practitioner (GP) practices that have created summary care records, as at 27 January 2009, are in the following table.
In accordance with the NHS operating framework 2009-10, strategic health authorities will agree the timeline for implementing the SCR with PCTs as commissioners, and have been asked to plan for roll-out of the SCR based on a two-year window for the full deployment of SCR from the date on which all GP systems used in the PCT area are compliant with national programme for information technology systems and services.
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Royal Bolton Hospital, Accident and Emergency Service;
Bolton Out of Hours Service;
Bolton Walk in Centre, Lever Chambers Centre;
Bury Out of Hours Service;
Bury and Rochdale Doctors on Call BARDOC;
Fairfield General Hospital Bury, Accident and Emergency Department; and
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Mental Health Services.
Dawn Primarolo: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has a meeting with the government of Jersey on 11 February 2009 to begin discussions on the implementation of the Medicines Directive 2001/83/EC. Guernsey's Medicines Law received Royal Assent on 10 December 2008 and now requires an ordinance by the states of Guernsey to bring it in to force. This is expected in spring 2009. The MHRA continues to assist the government of Guernsey in the development of the additional legislation required for implementation of the Medicines Directive.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely effects on independent midwifery of the implementation of Article 5 of the draft European Directive on the application of patients rights in cross-border healthcare, with specific reference to the provisions on professional liability insurance. 
Ann Keen: The Department's strategy for reducing health care associated infections (HCAIs), including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), in the national health service (NHS) is set out in Clean, safe care, which has already been placed in the Library.
Infection control is one of the five top priorities in the NHS Operating Framework for 2008-09 and MRSA and Clostridium difficile targets to 2010-11 have been set under the Better Care for All Public Service Agreement. Clean, safe care outlines the comprehensive range of measures being employed, backed by £270 million additional investment per year by 2010-11 to tackle HCAIs and improve cleanliness.
Steps include screening all relevant elective admissions to hospitals for MRSA from April 2009, and all emergency admissions by 2010-11; a technology programme designed to accelerate the development and uptake of new technologies to improve infection control; the development
of a new national standard for cleanliness in the NHS and a new national minimum standard for MRSA. The Department has re-launched its nationwide antibiotic awareness campaign, and will be launching a HCAI patient awareness campaign in the summer.
These measures should support the NHS to meet their legal requirements on infection control, as set out in the Code of Practice for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Associated Infections, which has already been placed in the Library. All acute NHS trusts are inspected annually against the code of practice by the Healthcare Commission. From April 2009, the new Care Quality Commission will assess compliance against the code of practice and will have a broader range of powers to ensure high performance in infection control.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many staff in his Department have been employed (a) on the Connecting for Health project and (b) in roles relating to press and public relations work on the project in each year since it was announced. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Available information is in the following table. For 2003-05 it relates to the national programme for information technology (NPfIT) only. On 1 April 2005 the Departments NHS Connecting for Health agency came into being. NHS Connecting for Health is responsible for delivering NPfIT, and maintaining the critical business systems previously provided to the national health service by the former NHS Information Authority.
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(1) Staff roles allocated on a best fit basis with press and public relations duties.
1. Figures are for full-time equivalent staff. Other includes contract and temporary staff, and secondees.
2. Because of variation in staff numbers to meet workloads over time, figures are quoted for dates for which information is readily available. Figures since February 2005 are quoted as at February for ease of year-on-year comparison.
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