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Prostate Cancer

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the programmes run by his Department to raise awareness of prostate cancer; [256124]

(2) how much his Department has spent on programmes to raise awareness of prostate cancer in each of the last five years; [256125]

(3) what advice his Department offers to the public on potential symptoms of prostate cancer; and what plans he has to initiate further public awareness campaigns. [256126]

Ann Keen: Raising the public awareness of prostate cancer is a key challenge. We want men to know what their prostate is, what it does, and what can go wrong with it. However, we have to raise awareness in a responsible way so as not to cause undue anxiety.

That is why the Prostate Cancer Advisory Group Public Awareness Working Group developed a definitive set of consistent key messages for the general public about the prostate, including prostate cancer. These messages provide men and their families with information about the prostate designed in such a way as not to cause unnecessary anxiety. The key messages have been agreed by 20 organisations, including charities, patient groups and professional bodies, as well as the Department. The messages are free for all organisations to use, and were published in 2008 in the Royal British Legion’s Members Directory and in supplements to the Daily Express and The Daily Telegraph at a cost of over £5,000.

The Department invested £100,000 in a pilot public awareness programme of the prostate and its function,
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a joint programme with signatories to the Prostate Cancer Charter for Action who provided £50,000 of funding. The pilot took place in Coventry in 2006 to test the effectiveness of the key messages, the intervention used to promote the messages and the impact promoting the messages has on national health service (NHS) services. The final evaluation reports and recommendations of the pilot have been referred to the Cancer Reform Strategy National Awareness and Early Detection Initiative (NAEDI).

NAEDI aims to make the public and healthcare professionals more aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, including prostate cancer, and encourage those who may have symptoms to seek advice earlier. An example of future work includes the Football Foundation’s awareness raising project, which is part funded by the Department, which will work to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and risk factors associated with bowel, lung and prostate cancers in men aged over 55.

Other investment in the public awareness of prostate cancer in the last five years has included:

Prosthetics

Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provision is being made by the NHS to provide modern prosthetic technology to those people with thalidomide related impairments who rely on prosthesis for independent living and mobility. [255523]

Dawn Primarolo: It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to assess the needs of their local population and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community including the provision of prosthetic services.

Speech Therapy

Mr. Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in what ways his Department monitors the quality of service of speech and language therapy; and how he plans to inform patients of the findings of such monitoring. [256767]

Ann Keen: The quality of speech and language therapy (SLT) services is not monitored centrally. It is for primary care trusts, working with local stakeholders, to monitor the quality of these services and to disseminate their results.


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As part of the improved allied health professional (AHP) service offer, which includes SLTs, announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health in October 2008, we will ensure that as part of the work described in ‘High Quality Care for AH’ to develop an integrated set of quality metrics, there is a clear focus on metrics related to services provided by clinical teams inclusive of AHPs. The metrics developed through this work will be shared across the country.

Spinal Injuries

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated in NHS hospitals for spinal cord injuries in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years. [254887]

Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally.

Strokes: Health Services

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on (a) provision and (b) co- ordination of (i) transient ischaemic attack units, (ii) stroke units and (iii) hyper acute units in the same location to enable stroke response; what process is being followed to determine the adequacy of stroke care provision in North East London and the location of a new stroke care unit; what public consultation will take place as part of this process; and what provisions there are to challenge the outcome of the consultation. [253337]

Ann Keen: Policy for stroke services is set out in the national strategy for stroke services in England which was published in December 2007. A copy has already been placed in the Library. It provides a quality framework against which local services can secure improvements to services and address health inequalities relating to stroke over a period of 10 years. It also provides support and guidance for commissioners, strategic health authorities and others in the planning, development and monitoring of services.

How services are configured in response to the strategy is for local decision. Issues related to the provision of stroke services in London are a matter for NHS London and the primary care trusts (PCTs) within it.

The Health Overview and Scrutiny Committees jointly or individually can refer decisions to the Secretary of State if they consider them not in the interests of the health service locally. The Secretary of State may in turn seek advice from the Independent Reconfiguration Panel.

Suicide

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to achieve a reduction in the number of suicides; and if he will make a statement. [255547]

Phil Hope: The “National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England: Annual Report 2007” highlights action taken to reduce suicides, action planned for 2008 and statistical information on suicides in England.


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Since publication of this report, further statistics on suicide “Mortality Target Monitoring” have been published and can be found at:

Copies of both publications have been placed in the Library.

Dr. Ladyman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what non-governmental organisations working
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towards the prevention of suicide have received funding from his Department since 1997. [255548]

Phil Hope: The Department has worked with and provided funding to a number of non-governmental organisations in the voluntary, statutory and private sector in taking forward work to prevent suicides including funding from Section 64 grants.

Tables detailing grant awards made to organisations working towards the prevention of suicide and support for those affected by it are as follows.

Section 64 Grants 1996 to 2009 : Grants for organisations working towards the prevention of suicide and support for those affected by suicide
£

1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02

The Samaritans

Third year core grant

115,000

80,000

60,000

Third year ‘Health of the Nation’

50,000

Elderly Outreach Project

38,500

38,500

38,500

Passport for Life

50,000

Listen for Life

37,750

35,950

40,830

Festival Branch

17,500

19,100

20,750

Single Number and Volunteer Needs

45,000

45,000

45,000

Reaching Young England

32,000

36,000

Availability via Communications Technology

30,000

SANE

Third year core grant

125,000

75,000

50,000

Development of London Helproom Management and Volunteer Training

29,350

29,350

29,350

Expansion and development of Sane's internal and external Mental Health Awareness training project

40,000

40,000

40,000


2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09

The Samaritans

Reaching Young England

40,000

Availability via Communications Technology

30,000

Minority Groups project

40,000

40,000

40,000

25,000

Joint Working project

45,000

40,000

40,000

25,000

Core Funding

100,000

90,000

80,000

Making space

Mainstreaming Carer Support (to assist delivery of enhanced CPA & DH targets on suicide/readmissions)

40,000

38,000

36,000

Asian Family Counselling Service

Aaastha (Suicide and Asian Women)

40,000

40,000

40,000

PAPYRUS -Prevention of Suicides

Hopeline UK

35,000

35,000

35,000

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS)

Core Funding

20,000

19,500

19,000

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)

CALM National Launch

45,000

40,000

38,000


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