Results 1–20 of 1542 for speaker:Lord Darzi of Denham

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Review (20 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The terms of reference for the review are available in the Library and we will set out more detail on the work of the review in due course.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Abortion (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: We are aware of a body of opinion in Northern Ireland that considers the current law on abortion to be either unsatisfactory or unclear, but we also recognise the strength of feeling for not changing the existing legislative provision. In such circumstances, the Government believe that any change to the law should only come about at the request of a broad cross-section of the people who live...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Alcohol (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The St Thomas's study, which relates to alcohol-related attendances in one hospital, highlights a local problem that clearly needs further investigation. But studies in other parts of the country have found a different picture: a Cardiff University study of 33 accident and emergency (A&E) departments in England and Wales found that, since the introduction of the Licensing Act, the number of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is an independent statutory body established by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990. The HFEA has the responsibility for licensing research projects under this Act. A licence committee of the HFEA can only grant a research licence if it is shown to be necessary or desirable for one of the research purposes in the 1990 Act as...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Government response to the report of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, Government proposals for the regulation of hybrid and chimera embryos, was published in June 2007 (CM7139). It is available in the Library. The Government are committed to a ban on reproductive cloning and this position is maintained in the Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill which prohibits...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Chemotherapy (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Allowing co-payments would risk creating a two-tier service, undermining the core principle of the National Health Service that treatment is provided free at the point of use, based on clinical need, not ability to pay.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Complementary Medicine (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department's management of its research and development budget, and of the programmes and projects that budget supports, is undertaken in line with the policy set out in the Government's health research strategy Best Research for Best Health. Details, including the scope of the programmes and the arrangements for making applications for support from them, are available on the National...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: As previously stated, officials have met with members of the inquiry team on 25 April 2007 to discuss what information the department may be able to provide to the inquiry. We have made available a recently completed document on the review of documentation relating to the safety of blood products 1970-1985 (non-A, non-B hepatitis), and the supporting references. These documents have been...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Junior Doctors (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The process for round 2 is being managed locally in line with the principles recommended by the review group and agreed by Ministers. These principles state that: "The [application] form will be based on previously used application forms which have been tried and tested". This means that deaneries were able to use application forms from previous years. Structured curriculum-vitae-based...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Junior Doctors (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: On 18 July, the department announced to applicants a new job transfer scheme. This scheme will help doctors who have had one offer but would like to transfer to another deanery where they have been deemed appointable. Further information can be found on the Modernising Medical Careers website at www.mmc.nhs.uk

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Junior Doctors (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The information requested is not collected centrally as the number of non-training medical jobs available varies from day to day. For those appointable doctors who are not successful at the end of round 2, we have prepared an extra package of support which includes: about 1,000 extra one-year and GP training posts;access to career information via local deaneries;a careers website for junior...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Junior Doctors (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Eighty-five per cent of junior doctor training posts will be filled by 1 August. This means that National Health Service hospitals should have the junior doctors they need in post to ensure that services run smoothly around the annual changeover of junior doctors in early August. However, as not all training posts will be filled in August, each strategic health authority (SHA) has put a plan...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Optometrists (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The fee for National Health Service sight tests is subject to negotiations with the relevant professional representative bodies. The fee for 2007-08 will be announced once these negotiations are concluded. The sight test fee is the same in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under devolved arrangements in Scotland, there is a differently defined eye examination for which different fee...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Paediatric Palliative Care (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Government have made an additional £27 million available over the three years 2006-07 to 2008-09 to support hospice and hospice at home services for children. Future funding is largely contingent on the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review and this is an issue which needs careful consideration as the Government look at how to take forward the recommendations of the review to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Second-hand Smoke (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department's committee on the medical effects of air pollutants (COMEAP) quantification sub-group in its report The Quantification of the Effects of Air Pollution on Health in the United Kingdom estimated in 19981 the number of deaths brought forward due to short-term exposure to particulate matter (PM10), ozone and sulphur dioxide as up to 24,000 per year. The estimated number of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Mercury: Dental Fillings (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The composition of mercury amalgam in dental restorations has not changed but, as the table below indicates, the amount of mercury used in dentistry is declining as a result of improvements in the oral health of the population and the development of alternative restorative materials. Numbers of mercury amalgam restorations in England and Wales. 2002-03 8,024,760 2003-04 7,690,215 ...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Finances (26 Jul 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The quarter 1 National Health Service financial performance report 2007-08, which will include NHS forecast outturn data, will be published later this summer. Our latest quarter 4 NHS financial performance report 2006-07 was published on 6 June 2007. Copies are available in the Library. The following table has been extracted from the report, showing NHS financial performance by strategic...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Fluoridation (1 Oct 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: We are also considering a wider programme of research in consultation with specialists in dentistry and health services research, including a project on the impact of fluoridation on the levels and distribution of dental caries among children, its cost benefits and the extent to which any benefits continue into adulthood.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Clinical Academics (1 Oct 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department and the Higher Education Funding Council for England will provide funding to support the appointment of 250 academic clinical fellowships and 100 clinical lectureships in each of the next five years, and up to 200 senior lectureships over 10 years. This is in response to the report Medically and Dentally Qualified Academic Staff: Recommendations for Training the Researchers and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Junior Doctors (1 Oct 2007)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department is currently considering the issue of entry points higher than ST1 for future years, pending the recommendations of the modernising medical careers review, chaired by Professor Sir John Tooke.


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