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All ambulance trusts are required to meet the same national response time standards. Category A calls (those presenting conditions that may be immediately life threatening) should be responded to within eight minutes in 75 per cent. of cases and category B calls (those conditions that are serious but not immediately life threatening) should be responded to within 19 minutes in 95 per cent. of cases.
The Department only collects national data at ambulance trust level, with strategic health authorities as the local headquarters of the NHS, and primary care trusts as commissioners, having the responsibility for ensuring that national response time standards are delivered and maintained by trusts. This may mean that trusts locally will look at performance data below ambulance trust level, but whether and how the NHS does this is for each region to decide and manage locally.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he made of the number of patients in (a) North West Cambridgeshire constituency, (b) the Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust area, (c) the Peterborough Primary Care Trust area and (d) England who were attended to within (i) 10, (ii) 30, (iii) 60 and (iv) 120 minutes of requesting an ambulance in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Department does not collect response time data of ambulance services in the format requested, and has therefore not made an estimate of the number of patients who were attended within 10, 30, 60 and 120 minutes of requesting an ambulance.
The data that the Department does collect on ambulance response time are in accordance with the national response time targets and these are published on an annual basis
in the statistical bulletin, Ambulance Services, England. These documents have already been placed in the Library and on the Information for health and social care website at:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 March 2010, Official Report, column 966W, on arthritis: drugs, to which areas of Government policy his letter to the Prime Minister related. 
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people in each age group (a) with, (b) diagnosed with, (c) admitted to hospital as a result of, (d) treated by a GP as a result of and (e) who died as a result of asthma in each London borough in each year since 2000. 
Figures are available for the number of people registered with asthma in the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF), introduced as part of the new General Medical Services contract on 1 April 2004. QOF data are available from 2004-05 and information has been provided broken
down by primary care trust (PCT) of responsibility. The QOF disease register reporting does not collect information on ages, so the data is not split by age group.
Information is provided from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on the number of deaths where asthma was the underlying cause of death for persons in each age group in each London borough, for the years 2000-08 (the latest year available) combined. The number of deaths at this level of detail is extremely small. Consequently, figures for individual years have not been provided, in line with ONS policy on protecting confidentiality within birth and death statistics.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has made an estimate of the (a) number of units of medication prescribed to treat asthma-related conditions and (b) bed days were occupied as a result of asthma in each London borough in each year since 2000. 
Ann Keen: Information is not collected in the format requested. The following tables show the number of items prescribed for asthma-related conditions in London primary care trusts (PCTs) from 2006 to 2009 and the number of finished consultant episode bed days where the primary diagnosis was asthma, given by PCT of residence in London for the years 2000-01 to 2008-09.
|Items prescribed for asthma-related conditions in London 2006-09|
|(1 )January to September. Notes: 1. The PACT system covers prescriptions prescribed by general practitioners (GPs), nurses, pharmacists and others in England and dispensed in the community in the United Kingdom. For data at PCT level, prescriptions written by a prescriber located in a particular PCT but dispensed outside that PCT will be included in the PCT in which the prescriber is based. Prescriptions written in England but dispensed outside England are included. Prescriptions written in hospitals/clinics that are dispensed in the community, prescriptions dispensed in hospitals, dental prescribing and private prescriptions are not included in PACT data. It is important to note this as some British National Formulary (BNF) sections have a high proportion of prescriptions written in hospitals that are dispensed in the community. For example, BNF chapter 4, "Central Nervous System" has a fair proportion of items written in mental health clinics that are dispensed in the community-these prescriptions are not included in PACT data. 2. Data are held for 60 months and so at the moment the only complete years available are 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Complete data for 2009 cannot be released until after the publication of the associated National Statistic in April 2010 and so only data for January to September is presented here. 3. Prescriptions are written on a prescription form known as a FP10. Each single item written on the form is counted as a prescription item. 4. The term "asthma-related conditions" has been taken to mean asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease since they are treated with the same medications, namely those classified under sections 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 of the BNF. Source: Prescribing Analysis and CosT (PACT) system.|
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