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Ms Rosie Winterton: Opening hours for minor injury units are a matter for local determination. It is up to primary care trusts to assess local need and demand for urgent care services and ensure that services respond to patient need.
Miss Melanie Johnson:
Advice on appropriate precautions to reduce the spread of infection has been published by the Department in the health service circular 200002 and in Winning WaysWorking together to reduce hospital acquired infection in
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England (December 2003). All healthcare organisations, including ambulance trusts, should have systems in place to minimise the risk to patients from healthcare associated infections as required by Standards for Better Health (July 2004). Infection control policies and any particular precautions for reducing the spread of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are a matter for individual trusts.
The Ambulance Service Association published guidelines on infection prevention and control in June 2004. Additionally, the training and common core syllabus for ambulance personnel covers infection control, including reference to MRSA.
Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is his policy that patients suffering from rare cancers, with particular reference to multiple myeloma, should receive equal priority within the NHS as those suffering from more common forms of the disease. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The Government are committed to providing high quality cancer services across the country, irrespective of cancer type. The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has been commissioned to continue the improving outcomes series to ensure there is a comprehensive package of cancer services guidance covering all cancers.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2005, Official Report, columns 5567W, on the NHS Bank, how the budget of £732 million will be spent. 
|Area of expenditure||Amount (£ million)|
|Strategic health authority managed allocation||120|
|Impairments/accelerated depreciation funding||258|
|Private finance initiative revenue costs||15|
|General and personal medical services quality and outcomes framework achievement||283|
The information requested is not collected centrally. Healthcare professionals who work in the United Kingdom have to be registered with the relevant professional body. In this case, the professional bodies are the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and the General Medical Council (CMC). Both professional bodies produce a statistical breakdown of their register, which can be found on their respective websites at www.nmc-uk.org and www.gmc-uk.org.
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average cost to the NHS of paying the salary of (a) a radiographer and (b) a radiologist was in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 3 February 2005]: The average cost of a radiographer in England is shown in the table. We cannot provide information regarding the earnings of radiologists as we do not hold medical and dental earnings data by specialty.
|Mean cost of radiographer to national health service||(25)£30,000|
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005 to the hon. Member for Aberavon (Dr. Francis), Official Report, columns 183184W, on the NHS university, which of the NHS university courses are accredited; by which bodies they have been accredited; and what the length was of each course. 
Mr. Hutton: The NHS university (NHSU) was set up to provide a range of learning opportunities for all levels of staff across the national health service. Its courses run to meet specific learning and skills needs.
|Name of course||Accredited by||Length of course|
|1. First Contact Care||Sheffield Hallam university||i) Postgraduate Diplomaone year|
ii) M.Sc.two years
|2. Managing Patient Complaints||Middlesex university||180 hours of study|
|3. Managing Health and Social Care|
|Programmes based on four modules of open learning, currently used and accredited locally by 12 higher education institutes (HEIs) and nationally by the Institute of Health Care Management||600 hours of study in 1214 months|
|4. Managing Health and Social Care|
|Programmes based on six modules of open learning currently used and accredited locally by 12 HEIs and nationally by the Institute of Health Care Management||1,200 hours of study over 1824 months|
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of Patient and Public Involvement Forums since their inception; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 February 2005]: It is the responsibility of the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health rather than the Department to review the effectiveness of patients' forums and to report to the Secretary of State on that effectiveness.
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