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|Table 2: Registrations of newly diagnosed cases of cancer, persons aged 75 years and over, primary care organisations in London( 1) , 2003 - 07( 2)|
|Primary care organisation||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007|
|(1) Based on boundaries as of 2010.( 2) Newly diagnosed cases registered in each calendar year.|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that hospitals achieve or exceed minimum standards before being designated cancer centres following the implementation of his Department's guidance on improving cancer outcomes; 
(2) what minimum standards his Department sets for the facilities to be provided by acute trusts applying to become cancer centres following the implementation of his Department's guidance on improving cancer outcomes; 
(3) what consideration is given to the effect on the number of transfers between hospital sites by (a)
ambulance and (b) taxi of the centralisation of NHS cancer surgery under improving outcomes guidance issued by his Department; and what mechanism is in place to assess the effect on patient care. 
Ann Keen: Decisions regarding the designation and placement of cancer centres are the responsibility of local national health service hospital trusts and primary care trusts, and are made in conjunction with cancer networks and other stakeholders.
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published a series of Improving Outcomes Guidance covering all major cancer tumour types. They set out recommendations on how services for cancer patients should be organised in order to ensure the best outcomes. It is for NHS trusts to implement this guidance taking into account the needs of their local populations.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to bring forward legislation to ensure that care homes are treated as public authorities under the Human Rights Act 1998. 
This means that, when providing publicly-arranged residential care, independent sector care homes are required not to act incompatibly with the European Convention on Human Rights. It also means that the person receiving such care can bring proceedings against the care home under the Human Rights Act, for a breach of their Convention rights.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many individuals (a) are in receipt of carer's allowance and (b) were in receipt of carer's allowance in each of the last five years. 
Support for carers must be tailored to meet the individual's needs; enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, while enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen. The revised National Carers Strategy, published in June 2008, commits the Government to investing some £255 million to support carers in the short term.
|Number of people in receipt of carer's allowance in Great Britain in the last five years|
|As at August each year||Number|
1. Caseload totals show the number of people in receipt of the allowance, and excludes people with underlying entitlement but who receive no actual payment.
2. Carers entitled to receive carer's allowance may not be paid it because they receive an overlapping benefit equal to or greater than their weekly rate of carer's allowance.
3. Caseload figures are rounded to the nearest ten.
Department for Work and Pensions Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study
|Count of finished consultant episodes for cochlear implants broken down age group, 2000-01 to 2008-09: Activity in English NHS hospitals and English NHS commissioned activity in the independent sector|
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), The NHS Information Centre for health and social care
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