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Lord Warner: The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health announced at its first board meeting on 24 March 2003, that patients' forums would be known as patient and public involvement forums to help the public to understand what their role is.
Lord Warner: The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health decided to rebrand patients' forums as patient and public involvement forums to help the public to understand their roles. There is no statutory bar to it doing this.
Lord Warner: Legislation establishes patients' forums as organisations that are independent of the National Health Service, government and the organisations that support them. The membership of patients' forums that will consist primarily of local patients will ensure that patients' forums act independently.
Lord Warner: In England, for 2002, 14 per cent of prescriptions dispensed in the community either attracted a charge at the point of dispensing, or were for patients who had bought prepayment certificates.
Lord Warner: The formula for calculating global sum payments as part of the new contract for general medical services is based on evidence of the use of primary care by different age groups. The weight given to an age group reflects the average relative workload for practices in delivering primary care to that age group. The practices should receive fair payments for all the patients on their practice list so will not be disadvantaged for accepting young people on to their list.
Whether they will conduct a review of the clinical advice given by the National Poisons Information Service for agrochemical and pesticide poisoning with an analysis of both agrochemical industry and independent (non-industry funded) scientific and medical research on which that advice is based.[HL5056]
Lord Warner: The National Poisons Information Services (NPIS) provides information on the management of acute poisoning to health professionals. Such advice is available by telephone or the NPIS clinical database TOXBASE (available free to National Health Service professionals online). The basis of the information provided is an expert professional review of the published literature (both clinical and non-clinical experimental data) using expert clinical toxicological judgement. All TOXBASE entries written since 1999 have been peer-reviewed by all NPIS centres. Advice on the management of lindane poisoning followed this approach.
There are currently no plans for a general review of the clinical advice given previously and any such review would only be considered if justified by the emergence of significant new relevant information.
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