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Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans the Department has to investigate the use of (a) ultrasound and (b) biochemical tests in combination with Dexa scanning for identifying osteoporosis in (i) the population and (ii) a sub-set of the population. 
Jacqui Smith: We maintain an interest in the development of all technologies for the investigation or monitoring of patients suspected of being at risk of osteoporosis. We work closely with the National Osteoporosis Society. Dual energy x-ray absorptiometry is currently the preferred method for the assessment of bone mineral density in individuals selected to be at high risk of fracture based on clinical risk factor assessment.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the circumstances in which responsibility for social services would be removed from a local authority; and if he will make a statement.
Jacqui Smith: It is for local councils with social services responsibilities to meet their statutory obligations and achieve best value for the people they serve. We have agreed a protocol on the use of intervention powers with the Local Government Association. This forms Annex D of the (former) Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions Circular 10/99, which has been placed in the Library. The protocol sets out the framework to discuss policy for the use of the intervention powers set out in the Local Government Act 1999. It states
Jacqui Smith: The fees in respect of boarding schools are set out in the National Care Standards Commission (Fees and Frequency of Inspection) Regulation 2001 (SI 2001 No. 3980). In response to representations made during consultation, the fee levels are now set as a flat rate #250, #15 for the fourth to twenty-ninth pupil, and #7.50 for each subsequent pupil. These fees will not come into force until 1 September 2002. There are no plans to alter these fee levels at present.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the influence of outdoor open space on the health of psychiatric patients; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, on Medicinal Control, Official Report, columns 13032W, whether the (a) MCA and (b) CSM have plans to publish articles relating to the inappropriate or overuse of anti-psychotic medication in care settings. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 12 March 2002]: The Medicines Control Agency (MCA) in conjunction with its independent scientific advisory committee, the Committee on Safety of Medicines (CSM) is responsible for monitoring the safety of all marketed medicines to ensure that medicines meet acceptable standards of safety and efficacy. The nature of the clinical setting is not within the scope of CSM advice. However, if the balance of risks and benefits for a medicine when used in a particular indication or population is considered to be unfavourable MCA/CSM will not hesitate to take action to modify its use and to inform prescribers of this action.
For example the balance of risks and benefits for thioridazine in the following indications was considered unfavourable: anxiety, agitation and restlessness in the elderly, moderate to severe psychomotor agitation, violent and dangerously impulsive behaviour, mania/hypomania, and behavioural disorders and epilepsy in children. Upon advice from the CSM, in December 2000
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the use of thioridazine was restricted to the second line treatment of schizophrenia in adults. Health professionals were notified of this via a Dear Doctor letter and an article in the drug safety bulletin Current Problems in Pharmacovigilance. A copy of this article has been sent to the Library.
Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the longest time is that a hospital consultant at Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust has been waiting for determination of an appeal against dismissal. 
Ms Blears: The main duties of the emergency medical services would be to assess, treat and remove those patients who were injured in any accident on an A-road or motorway. A decision on when the site may be cleared is usually made by the police.
|Primary diagnosis (ICD10)||England||Northern & Yorkshire||Trent||Anglia & Oxford||North Thames||South Thames||South West||West Midlands||North West|
|F10||Mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol||32,500||5,600||2,900||1,900||3,200||4,200||3,600||4,300||6,800|
|K70||Alcoholic liver disease||7,900||1,200||700||600||1,100||1,000||800||1,000||1,500|
|T51||Toxic effect of alcohol||2,300||500||200||200||200||300||200||200||500|
|F10||Mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol||34,400||5,400||3,700||2,100||4,100||4,900||3,500||4,300||6,500|
|K70||Alcoholic liver disease||9,000||1,300||800||700||1,200||1,100||1,000||1,200||1,600|
|T51||Toxic effect of alcohol||2,400||500||200||200||200||300||200||300||400|
|F10||Mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol||32,100||5,100||3,300||2,000||4,100||4,500||3,500||3,700||5,900|
|K70||Alcoholic liver disease||9,200||1,400||800||800||1,100||1,100||1,100||1,300||1,600|
|T51||Toxic effect of alcohol||2,000||500||200||200||200||200||300||200||300|
|F10||Mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol||32,300||5,000||3,100||3,700||6,000||2,100||5,900||3,800||2,700|
|K70||Alcoholic liver disease||10,100||1,400||1,000||1,300||1,900||800||1,600||1,200||900|
|T51||Toxic effect of alcohol||2,000||500||100||200||300||200||200||400||200|
|F10||Mental and behavioural disorders due to alcohol||27,300||4,500||2,700||3,300||5,600||1,800||3,800||3,500||2,100|
|K70||Alcoholic liver disease||10,100||1,500||1,100||1,200||1,900||900||1,400||1,100||1,000|
|T51||Toxic effect of alcohol||1,700||400||100||100||300||200||100||300||200|
1. The data include private patients in NHS hospitals.
2. The data do not include patients admitted with a primary diagnosis not related to alcohol (eg an injury).
3. Data in the table have been rounded to the nearest one hundred admissions. Data for 199697 to 19992000 have been grossed for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data.
4. ICD10 = International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision.
Department of Health, Hospital Episode Statistics.
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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the level of service provided to cancer and non-cancer lymphoedema patients at St. George's Hospital, Tooting. 
Mr. Hutton: A clinic was established at St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust in 1997 to treat non-cancer lymphoedema patients (primary lymphoedema) and cancer patients. While there are other clinics in South West London where cancer patients and lymphoedema are treated, the St. George's service also meets the needs of patients with non-cancer lymphoedema. The St. George's service is a specialist service and receives referrals nationally. The Trust is also one of the few places where academic and epidemiological work is progressing related to lymphoedema. This work includes a recent local study run by the Lymphoedema Epidemiology Project Group.
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