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Letter from the CMO following the publication of his report "An Investigation into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Response to Requests for Late Abortions" (2005).
Procedures for the Approval of Independent Sector Places for the Termination of Pregnancy (1999)
Procedures for the Registration of Pregnancy Advice Bureaux (1999)
The National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV (2001)
The National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV Implementation Action Plan (2002)
Conscious Sedation in Termination of Pregnancy: Report of the Department of Health Expert Group (2002)
Independent Health Care National Minimum Standards and Regulations (2002)
Effective Commissioning of Sexual Health and HIV Services, A Sexual Health and HIV Commissioning Toolkit for Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities (2003)
Government Response to the Health Select Committee's Third Report of Session 2002-03 on Sexual Health (2003)
An Investigation into the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) Response to Requests for Late Abortions, A report by the Chief Medical Officer (2005)
Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment for the Prohibition of Abortion (England and Wales) Bill (2005)
Partial Regulatory Impact Assessment for the Termination of Pregnancy Bill (2007)
Government Response to the Report from the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee on the Scientific Developments Relating to the Abortion Act 1967 (2007)
Evaluation of Early Medical Abortion (EMA) Pilot Sites (2008)
The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) (2000 and 2004)
National Audit of Induced Abortion 2000, RCOG (2001)
Recommended Standards for Sexual Health Services, Medical Foundation for AIDS and Sexual Health (2005)
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in each age group attended accident and emergency departments for treatment of symptoms associated with alcohol consumption in each NHS hospital trust area within the ceremonial county of Hampshire in each of the last five years. 
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital admissions of persons aged (a) under 16 years and (b) 16 years and over there were with a primary or secondary diagnosis relating to attack by an animal in each of the last five years. 
|Count of hospital admissions by age group for 'injuries caused by animals': Activity in English national health service hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector|
Finished admission episodes
A finished admission episode is the first period of inpatient care under one consultant within one health care provider. Finished admission episodes are counted against the year in which the admission episode finishes. Admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are compiled from data sent by more than 300 NHS trusts and primary care trusts (PCTs) in England. Data are 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.
Assessing growth through time
HES figures are available from 1989-90 onwards. The quality and coverage of the data have improved over time. These improvements in information submitted by the NHS have been particularly marked in the earlier years and need to be borne in mind when analysing time series.
Some of the increase in figures for later years (particularly 2006-07 onwards) may be due to the improvement in the coverage of independent sector activity.
Changes in NHS practice also need to be borne in mind when analysing time series. For example, a number of procedures may now be undertaken in outpatient settings and may no longer be accounted for in the HES data. This may account for any reductions in activity over time.
The cause code is a supplementary code that indicates the nature of any external cause of injury, poisoning or other adverse effects. The field within HES counts only the first external cause code which is coded within the episode. The codes used are: W53, W54,
W55, W57, W58. and W59.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care
Gillian Merron: Data on the average amount of alcohol purchased by an individual are collected by HM Revenue and Customs. Data are available for the years 1986-87 to 2007-08 and are given in the following table. It is important to note that not all alcohol purchased is consumed by the individual that purchased it.
|Amount of alcohol purchased per adult( 1)|
|Total alcohol purchased (litre of pure alcohol per adult)||Total alcohol purchased (units per adult)|
|(1 )Adult equals aged 16 and over from the Population Trends Spring 2008, published by the Office for National Statistics. Purchase of pure alcohol is calculated using estimated average strengths for wine, beer and cider. Source: HM Revenue and Customs, Alcohol Factsheet, July 2008.|
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The location, organisation and operation of control centres and training requirements for control centre staff are for national health service ambulance trusts to manage locally. Information on numbers and efficiency of control centres and on staff qualifications is therefore not collected centrally.
It is also for NHS ambulance trusts locally to manage the deployment of staff across the trust. Cross-border arrangements between neighbouring trusts may also be agreed which may lead to some crews attending incidents outside the boundaries of the trust, where appropriate.
Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the management by multi-disciplinary teams of (a) rheumatoid arthritis, (b) ankylosing spondylitis and (c) psoriatic arthritis. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what percentage of patients with rheumatoid arthritis are being managed by multi-disciplinary teams; and what percentage of primary care trusts are managing
all their rheumatoid arthritis patients by multi-disciplinary teams throughout their care; 
(3) what recent estimate he has made of the proportion of hospitals able to provide patients suspected of having rheumatoid arthritis with access to a multi-disciplinary assessment (a) on first referral, (b) on subsequent admission and (c) throughout their care. 
Ann Keen: Information on the number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis being managed by multi-disciplinary teams, and the proportion of primary care trusts providing new or existing patients with access to such teams, is not collected centrally.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many haemophiliacs known to have been infected with hepatitis C through contaminated blood products are still alive; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: The 2008 United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctor's Organisation Annual Report shows that a total of 4,168 patients with haemophilia A and haemophilia B, have been exposed to hepatitis C, based on historical clotting factor concentrate exposure. Of these, 2,535 were alive at the end of 2007, which are the latest figures available.
Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many legal waivers his Department holds which were signed by registrants of the MacFarlane Trust indemnifying the Government against further litigation; if he will publish these documents; and if he will make a statement. 
Gillian Merron: Enzyme Linked ImmunoAssay (ELISA) tests for antibodies to hepatitis C virus for diagnostic and blood screening purposes were introduced over a period between 1990 and 1991. There was no single date of introduction throughout the national health service.
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