Results 81–100 of 1542 for speaker:Lord Darzi of Denham

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Tariffs (8 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The development of the national tariff continues to be guided by the desire to incentivise the provision of high quality care in the most appropriate setting. In 2010-11 we intend, for the first time, to set a small number of tariffs based on clinical best practice rather than average costs. The outcomes of this work will inform future thinking on the approach to tariff-setting for admitted...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Special Exemption) Regulations 2009: Motion to Approve (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, yet again I am grateful for a very constructive debate on these regulations. I will attempt to address the large number of questions. If I do not complete in time, I will be more than happy to write to noble Lords with more detailed answers. I start with the exemption powers, which the noble Earl, Lord Howe, raised in relation to Regulation 2. The power under which these regulations...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Special Exemption) Regulations 2009: Motion to Approve (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, I shall speak to the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Appeals) Regulations, the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Special Exemption) Regulations and the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Consequential Amendments and Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order. I will describe briefly each set of statutory instruments, starting with the appeals regulations. The...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Carcasses (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The estimated saving from implementation of the decision taken by the Food Standards Agency board on 12 May 2009 to move to more proportionate, risk-based supervision of official bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) controls for cattle aged over 30 months (OTM), is up to £3 million per annum once all measures have been implemented. The cost of all official BSE controls for OTM cattle is...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The NHS Cord Blood Bank has 13,382 units of cord blood stored for clinical use, all of which were cryopreserved. As of December 2008, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) had collected a further 1,871 units for research. Of the units collected for research, 4.9 per cent. were cryopreserved for later use and 95.1 per cent were used fresh. The department has an agreed business plan with NHSBT to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Over the past 60 or so years, numerous successful treatments involving adult stem cells have been developed, including bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplantation for blood and immune system disorders, corneal transplantation for the victims of acid splashes to the eye and skin grafting for burns victims. The isolation of human embryonic stem cells first took place in 1998 and their...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is not statutorily obliged to hold data on the number of stem cell lines derived from HFEA licensed research projects and this data is not recorded on the authority's register. However, the HFEA has advised that centres licensed to derive stem cells from embryos may provide this information to the authority as part of their six-monthly...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised me that it does not, itself, determine whether embryos are dead. However, the HFEA has also informed me that embryologists are likely to class an embryo as dead if cell division and development has ceased for at least 24 hours.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Question HL4191 was answered on 29 June 2009 ( Official Report, col. WA 14).

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Diabetes (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: In April 2007, the department published Making Every Young Person with Diabetes Matter, the report of the children and young people with diabetes working group, which looked at ways to improve diabetes services for children and young people. This report includes guidance to commissioners on the planning, design and provision of diabetes services for children and young people. A copy of this...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Former UK Residents (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The payment of €450 million in 2007 was made as part of ongoing negotiations between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on the terms for the reimbursement of healthcare costs. The payment was made on account, based on the amount that the Republic of Ireland had claimed. The department stated that as a result of the expected reduction in United Kingdom liabilities, it would...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Former UK Residents (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The following table shows the breakdown of actual cash payments received by the United Kingdom in the financial year 2008-09 from non-waiver European economic area (EEA) member states for the reimbursement of healthcare provided in the UK under EU Regulation (EC) 1408/71. EEA Medical Costs 2008/09 Income received (1) £ Austria 29,602 Belgium 2,819,854 Bulgaria 0 Cyprus...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Glaucoma (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) published final guidance on the diagnosis and management of glaucoma on 22 April 2009 and the Government expect National Health Service organisations to work towards implementation over time within available resources. NICE has produced a range of tools to support the implementation of the NICE clinical guideline (CG85) on...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Primary Care Trusts (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) hold primary care trusts (PCTs) to account on their commissioning performance through an annual assurance system. The system includes an assessment of both outcomes and processes, evaluating PCTs' commissioning progress against three elements: commissioning skill sets (or competencies), organisational governance and health outcomes. These elements are...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Organophosphates (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Many drugs in different areas of medicine act on the acetylcholine system. The safety of all medicines is continually monitored by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Potential new safety issues are evaluated and new prescribing advice is issued to health professionals and patients as necessary. Information on the safe use of licensed medicines is available to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: There is no consensus about when cells in culture would no longer contain original cells. Cultured cells divide at different rates dependent on the cell type, local culture conditions, and in some cases the individual characteristics of the donor. As it is a matter for individual researchers to make a judgment, some variation in these decisions is to be expected, but the extent of any...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: There have been numerous approaches to generate induced pluripotent stem cell lines, but there is currently no scientific consensus on the most effective, reliable and safest method for subsequent application of these cells in patients. Other issues, such as the biochemical and genetic stability of any given type of pluripotent stem cell, also remain poorly understood at present and, unless...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has advised that the derivation of stem cells from outgrown embryos was not taking place at St Mary's Hospital (also covering Manchester Fertility Services and the University of Manchester) at the time of the inspection on 26 September 2007. The pictures of such embryos, provided by Dr Daniel Brison, were from research carried out prior to 26...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Food: Labelling (6 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Government welcome the European Commission's proposal for a regulation on the provision of food information to consumers. The proposal aims to consolidate general and nutrition labelling into a single text, updating existing labelling rules to reflect changes to the food market and consumer expectations over the past 30 years. The Government are working closely with the Commission and...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that it has continually reviewed the effectiveness of its directions and guidance in consideration of information from incidents. The guidance covers procedures within licensed treatment centres for witnessing critical points in clinical and laboratory practice, with the aim of minimising as far as possible the risk of errors...


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