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Mental Health Reform

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which parts of the White Paper on mental health reform, published in December 2000, are undergoing further review. [2007]

Jacqui Smith: As new mental health legislation is prepared further definition will be added to all parts of the framework set out in the White Paper, "Reforming the Mental Health Act".

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans the Government have to implement the proposals contained in the White Paper on mental health reform published in December 2000; and if he will make a statement; [2006]

Jacqui Smith: We are committed to the reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 and will introduce new legislation as soon as parliamentary time allows.

The White Paper made clear our intention to reform mental health legislation and bring it into line with the contemporary patterns of care and treatment that are being created by our investment of over £300 million in mental health services under the NHS plan.

Nursing Care (Costs)

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if it is his Department's policy to meet the full costs of nursing care for elderly people in nursing homes; and if he will make a statement. [1635]

Jacqui Smith: The Health and Social Care Act makes good the pledge set out in "The NHS Plan: The Government's Response to the Royal Commission on Long Term Care" to make the NHS responsible for purchasing nursing care in nursing homes, strengthening the incentives for the NHS to ensure effective rehabilitation after acute illness of injury. If they have been assessed as needing the care of a registered nurse, people will not have to pay for the care and supervision provided by registered nurses in nursing homes, or for specialist equipment.

Detailed draft guidance on how we plan to implement free nursing care will be issued for consultation shortly.

Guidance on NHS and councils' responsibilities for continuing care were published on 28 June.

NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency

Derek Twigg: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency will publish its annual business plan. [2502]

Ms Blears: We are pleased to announce that the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency's annual business plan has been published and copies have been placed in the Library.

Royal Hospital, Haslar

Mr. Viggers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what undertaking has been given to review the decision to close the Royal Hospital, Haslar. [1964]

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Ms Blears: No undertaking has been given to review the decision to close the Royal Hospital, Haslar. The decision to close the Royal Hospital, Haslar was taken by the Ministry of Defence in 1998. Portsmouth Hospitals national health service trust took over management

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responsibility for clinical services provided at the hospital with effect from April 2001. The hospital will continue to treat patients until its services transfer to the planned new facilities at Queen Alexandra hospital, part of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS trust.