Results 21–40 of 1542 for speaker:Lord Darzi of Denham

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food: Supermarkets (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Government have made no formal assessment of changes supermarkets have made. However, the department continues to work in partnership with retailers to support consumers to make healthier food choices, as set out in Healthy Weight, Healthy Lives: A Cross-Government Strategy for England. A copyhas already been placed in the Library.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Botox (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department stocks a botulism antitoxin produced by Novartis Vaccines to be used in case of incidences of botulism within the United Kingdom. There are currently 76 vials of antitoxin in central store and 111 vials held at various holding centres throughout the UK.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Macfarlane and Eileen Trusts have sent to departmental officials detailed commentaries on the Government's response to the report by Lord Archer. This material provides a helpful background to work now under way to implement the Government's response. The Government note the Macfarlane Trust's analysis of its payments to infected beneficiaries. The Government's response to Lord Archer's...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: I announced on 20 May (WMS 121-122), in the Government's response to Lord Archer's report, that the Skipton Fund would continue to make payments to people infected with hepatitis C. At the same time, the Government committed to review the Skipton Fund in 2014, when the fund will have been in existence for 10 years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Dermatology (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: In the White Paper, Pharmacy in England: Building on Strengths—Delivering the Future (Cm7341), we set out plans to work to ensure that the pharmacy undergraduate degree course and pre-registration training provides pharmacists with clinical competencies to deliver the services of the future. Since February 2009, we have been working with the Modernising Pharmacy Careers Programme Board to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Henoch-Schönlein Purpura (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Neither the department nor the Medical Research Council has directly funded research on Henoch-Schonlein Purpura during the past five years. In that time, a large part of the department's total expenditure on health research has been devolved to and managed by National Health Service organisations. Details of individual NHS-supported research projects, including a small number concerned with...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disease (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Research into severe mental illness that advances clinical understanding of these conditions is welcomed and it is for individual National Health Service trusts and the British Medical Association to decide for themselves whether and how to follow up any research initiatives.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Swine Flu (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Studies of seasonal influenza vaccines since 1976 have found no robust evidence of an increased risk of contracting Guillain-Barré syndrome, including a recent United Kingdom study covering the last 15 years of flu vaccine. Detailed pharmacovigilance plans are in place for when the swine flu pandemic vaccination programme is introduced in the UK. This work, co-ordinated by the Medicines and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Swine Flu (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The details of the implementation of the swine flu vaccination programme are currently being finalised. We are working with the National Health Service and other colleagues to ensure that the programme is robust. We have not yet taken a final decision on the prioritisation of the population. This will be made on the basis of epidemiological evidence, vaccine supply and protecting the capacity...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Swine Flu (21 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: All departments and agencies are fully engaged in the Government's business continuity programme, which includes public, private and voluntary sector organisations. Following the World Health Organisation's announcement of WHO phase 6, the Government produced supplementary human resources guidance reiterating reasonable worst-case planning assumptions to aid business continuity preparations...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department monitors legislation through a variety of means, including by way of feedback from stakeholders. One of these stakeholders is the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which has specific functions to monitor developments in its field of interest and to advise Ministers as required. We will be in regular contact with the HFEA about the implementation and impact of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Human admixed embryos must be held at a licensed centre if they are being kept, examined or stored in connection with the investigation of, or proceedings for, an offence under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 (as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008). The Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Special Exemption) Regulations 2009 do not permit human admixed...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Fluoridation (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The systematic review of water fluoridation conducted by the University of York found "no clear association" between water fluoridation and hip fracture, overall cancer incidence and mortality, osteosarcoma and bone/joint cancers and thyroid cancer. The report concluded: "The outcomes related to infant mortality, congenital defects and Intelligence Quotient (IQ) indicate a need for further...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Fluoridation (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Chief Dental Officer is considering issuing further information to the National Health Service in the light of lessons learnt from the South Central Strategic Health Authority's consultation on fluoridation, research published since the York review and statements made by the scientists involved in the review.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Fluoridation (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: We have sought advice from the Health Protection Agency and the Food Standards Agency on Dr Mansfield's analysis and we will be letting him have our comments when we have taken their views into account.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department was aware of the risk of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) that applied to affected beneficiaries supported by the Macfarlane Trust when we were in discussion with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) following Lord Archer's report into National Health Service Supplied contaminated blood and blood products. However, as identified in my Written Answer on 1 July (WA...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Department of Health officials have not been advised by the Macfarlane Trust of the number of life insurance applications made by its beneficiaries and have not been advised by the trust about possible sharing of such information.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Dermatology (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department does not collect data on general practitioner workload and is unable to confirm or otherwise comment on the information regarding dermatology workload. The content of curriculum and quality and standard of training for medical professions is the responsibility not of the department but of the appropriate professional regulatory body. However, the department is committed to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Surplus Land (20 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: National Health Service trusts are responsible for the management and disposal of land and buildings in their ownership. The department does not collect information centrally on what land and buildings have been declared surplus to requirements, neither does the department audit for accuracy or completeness nor how long such property has been declared surplus by NHS bodies. Guidance for NHS...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Alcohol (16 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Government acknowledge the recent motion by the British Medical Association. Government will look to develop further evidence in this area with a view to identifying proposals for actions, which reduce irresponsible, harmful and or binge drinking without impacting unduly on the majority of responsible drinkers. The department commissioned an independent review on the effects of alcohol...


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