|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) review and (b) taskforce projects his Department has commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such project is; when each such project (i) began and (ii) was completed; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Summary information on taskforces and other standing bodies is available in the annual Cabinet Office publication Public Bodies. Copies of Public Bodies 2008 are available in the Library.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of office supplies purchased by his Department were recycled products in the latest period for which figures are available. 
The Departments stationery contract does not presently require the supply of recycled supplies. The Office of Government Commerce Buying Solutions are currently tendering for a pan-government collaborative office supplies framework, which we hope will achieve a more sustainable framework.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to reduce the number of avoidable epilepsy-related deaths in childhood since the National Sentinel Audit of Epilepsy-Related Deaths in 2002. 
Ann Keen: The risk factors associated with sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) are poorly controlled epilepsy and a history of seizures at night. Detailed information on epilepsy, and the risk factors associated with SUDEP, has been made available on the NHS Choices website
Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children (a) under the age of 12 and (b) aged between 12 and 16 years had been diagnosed with epilepsy on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he has taken to assess his Departments progress against the recommendations of its 2003 Epilepsy Action Plan; and if he will make a statement. 
Ann Keen: The National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions is now the key policy document for improving health and social care services for people with neurological conditions including epilepsy.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department has taken to address the serious weaknesses in the care of people with epilepsy referred to in the Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report of 2001. 
Ann Keen: There is a wide range of initiatives under way to improve services for patients with epilepsy. The National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions and clinical guidance published by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provide local national health service organisations with evidence-based markers of good practice to support service improvements. In addition, wider policy developments, including the Next Stage Review, World Class Commissioning, the information and choice agenda, the Transforming Community Services programme and work on care planning for people with long-term conditions, are continuing to contribute to improvements to epilepsy services.
Ann Keen: Epilepsy can be difficult to diagnose because there are many other conditions that can cause seizures, such as migraines or panic attacks. There are no specific tests for epilepsy, however in some cases tests can highlight an underlying medical condition which may be causing the seizures.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many assisted conception treatments were carried out by (a) the NHS and (b) a private provider in each region in each of the last five years; and how many such treatments were given by (i) in
vitro fertilisation, (ii) intracytoplasmic sperm injection and (iii) intrauterine insemination; 
Dawn Primarolo: We do not hold this information centrally. We are currently carrying out a survey of primary care trusts' policies on the provision of fertility treatment which will be published when finalised.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an estimate of the cost per year to the public purse of providing (a) personal and (b) nursing care free of charge to those over the age of 65 years. 
Phil Hope: In England, the Government accepted each of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, except for the recommendation to provide free personal care in all settings. Making all personal care free would incur substantial additional cost. This was estimated in 2003-04 at an additional £1.5 billion; it can only increase in future years.
Since April 2003, all residents of care homes providing nursing care, including those placed by local authorities, have received national health service funding of the nursing element of their care, rather than that element of their care being provided by the local council and subject to means testing. Information on the costs to the NHS of free nursing care in nursing homes is not collected centrally.
We will publish the Care and Support Green Paper in June 2009. It will lay out a series of options around reforming the care and support system, to ensure that care is high quality and cost-effective; that people have choice and control over the care they receive and that the funding system is fair, sustainable, and affordable for individuals and the state.
Mr. Bradshaw: The Department collects a range of waiting times returns to monitor national health service waiting times performance. These returns cover referral to treatment, in-patient and out-patient stage of treatment, diagnostics, accident and emergency, coronary heart disease, genito-urinary medicine and direct access audiology. In addition, the cancer national database is used to monitor progress on cancer waits.
|Count of finished consultant episodes for congenital heart disease* for those aged 16 and over by consultant main specialty, 2007-08|
|Activity in English NHS h ospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector|
|Main specialty code||Main specialty description||Finished consultant episodes|
1. The NHS Information Centre has provided the count of finished consultant episodes for congenital heart disease* for those aged 16 and over, by consultant specialty, for the period 2007-08.
2. They have provided a list of the main specialty of consultants for each episode, not just paediatricians.
Consultant Main Specialty
This defines the specialty under which the consultant responsible for the care of the patient at that time is registered. Care is needed when analysing Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data by specialty, or by groups of specialties (such as acute). Trusts have different ways of managing specialties and attributing codes so it is better to analyse by specific diagnoses, operations or other patient or service information.
Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Finished Consultant Episode (FCE)
A finished consultant episode (FCE) is defined as a continuous period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider. FCEs are counted against the year in which they end. Please note that the figures do not represent the number of different patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the same stay in hospital or in different stays in the same year.
The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 20 (14 from 2002-03 to 2006-07 and seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was admitted to hospital.
* The following ICD-10 codes have been used:
Q20Congenital malformations of cardiac chambers and connections
Q21Congenital malformations of cardiac septa
Q22Congenital malformations of pulmonary and tricuspid valves
Q23Congenital malformations of aortic and mitral valves
Q24Other congenital malformations of heart
HES are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts in England. Data is also received from a number of independent sector organisations for activity commissioned by the English NHS. The NHS Information Centre for health and social care liaises closely with these organisations to encourage submission of complete and valid data and seeks to minimise inaccuracies and the effect of missing and invalid data via HES processes. While this brings about improvement over time, some shortcomings remain.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to achieve a national interface between the Centricity and Medway x-ray providers; and when it is anticipated that the interface will be complete. 
Mr. Bradshaw: Integration of radiology reports and digital images captured via picture archiving and communications (PACS) systems as a component of the national health service care record is a key requirement for national programme for information technology local service providers (LSPs) for their fully-developed patient administration solutions (PAS) in acute hospitals.
Where local PAS systems remain in place, as in the case of the Medway product, the integration process with the PACS is managed as an additional local service by the LSP at the instigation of the trust concerned.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|