Results 101–120 of 6088 for speaker:Miss Melanie Johnson

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Doctors' Services (Northumberland) (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Eighty per cent. of GPs supported the new contract. The hon. Gentleman will also be aware that there were already arrangements in place under which large numbers of GPs delegated their responsibilities to co-op arrangements, so very little has changed in that regard—it is just that responsibility can now be passed back to the primary care trust. That has huge advantages for addressing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Safety of Medicines (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: We believe in putting patients first, and, in accordance with that the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has today published a consultation document on proposals for implementing a number of changes to the law in the UK designed to strengthen regulation. Copies have been placed in the Libraries.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Safety of Medicines (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: As my hon. Friend is aware, the changes to UK legislation that we have put in place, those that we have proposed and the ones that I have just announced will further strengthen drug safety monitoring, by requiring risk management plans at the time of licensing new medicines, and by reinforcing the obligations on the industry to keep regulators informed of any issue that might impact on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Safety of Medicines (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Those matters do not relate to medicines, as the hon. Gentleman is well aware.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Heart Conditions (Screening) (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The UK National Screening Committee, which advises the Government on all aspects of screening, does not recommend population screening for abnormal heart conditions, as current evidence does not support this.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Heart Conditions (Screening) (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I have already answered that question. The UK National Screening Committee does not recommend that course of action, and we take expert advice. The hon. Lady is right to say that there is a new chapter in the national service framework on arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death, which was published only on 4 March. Testing for certain heart problems is offered, where appropriate, to close...

Written Answers — Health: NHS Staff (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is shown in the table. Figures are not yet available for 2004. National health service hospital and community health services: Non-medical staff by main staff group in the specified organisations as at 30 September each year -- Headcount 1997 2003 North and east Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire strategic health authority Professionally qualified...

Written Answers — Health: Solvent Abuse (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The statistics on drug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England 2003 indicate that 8 per cent. of young people aged 11–15 abused solvent in 2003 compared with 6 per cent. in 2002. While deaths from solvent abuse have continued todecline over the past 10 years, the Government are keen to see these fall further. We have therefore been working with a wide range of stakeholders...

Written Answers — Health: Abortion (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: Private abortion clinics are inspected annually by the Healthcare Commission. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic in Leamington Spa was last inspected on 28 April 2004. Action taken by the Healthcare Commission when clinics do not meet the national standards is proportionate to the level of concern. However, this includes the authority to cancel a clinic's registration, which may...

Written Answers — Health: Abortion (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: As stated in the statistical bulletin summary, Abortion Statistics, England and Wales: 2003", the format of tables changed to reflect concerns over issues of privacy and confidentiality. These issues are now being considered in more detail and we have asked the National Statistician to provide the Department and the new Health and Social Care Information Centre with guidelines for...

Written Answers — Health: Abortion (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department is not aware of any Government commissioned research on the effects on young women of reducing the time limit for legal abortion.

Written Answers — Health: Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1731W.

Written Answers — Health: Alcohol (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: holding answer 16 March 2005 Episodes of children aged between 11 and 15 years admitted to hospital in each strategic health authority owing to alcohol-related problems in each year since 2001–02 are shown in the table. Counts of finished in-year admissions where there was a primary diagnosis or cause code for alcohol related diseases. Age at admission:11 to 15 yearsNational health service...

Written Answers — Health: Antibiotics (Farms) (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I am advised by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the use of antibiotics in human rather than veterinary medicines is thought to be the main source of resistant micro-organisms in the human population, but we recognise that transfer of resistant bacteria can also occur through the food chain. Action has been taken to phase out the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animals and to make...

Written Answers — Health: Cancer (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department welcomes the National Audit Office report, The NHS Cancer Plan: A Progress Report", and will take account of the issues raised and the recommendations made as we further develop and improve cancer services. The report will be discussed in detail at a Committee of Public Accounts hearing scheduled for 23 March 2005. Sir Nigel Crisp, chief executive of the national health...

Written Answers — Health: Cancer (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: A pilot programme of raising public awareness of the symptoms of cancer will be set up this year.

Written Answers — Health: Cancer (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: As stated in the National Audit Office Report, preliminary results from the second investment tracking exercise show that the £570 million target should be met. Final validation of the data received is currently being undertaken, and it is expected that the results of the exercise will be available in spring 2005.

Written Answers — Health: Cardiac Arrhythmia (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: All of the 29 tertiary cardiac centres in England are equipped for and capable of administering electrophysiological interventions in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. They are located within the following national health service trusts. Papworth Hospital NHS Trust Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust St. Mary's NHS Trust University College London...

Written Answers — Health: Cardiac Health (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I published the Choosing Health" delivery plan together with Choosing a Better Diet"—a food and health action plan and Choosing Activity"—a physical activity action plan, on 9 March, which set out how the Government will deliver on a range of public health interventions to reduce the risks to the whole population and to key sectors, including young people. These plans set out in detail...

Written Answers — Health: Care Homes/Social Care (22 Mar 2005)

Miss Melanie Johnson: I understand from the chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection that information on the number of registered care homes by sector and local authority area is not yet available.

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