Results 101–120 of 1542 for speaker:Lord Darzi of Denham

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department was aware of the fact that many haemophilia patients were co-infected with both human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C at the time of its discussions with the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) incidents panel has separately discussed with the ABI, the issue of patients who might be at risk of having been infected with vCJD, after...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Former UK Residents (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: On 6 December 2007, the department wrote to all European economic area (EEA) member states to advise that from that date, their citizens would be required to present a European health insurance card (EHIC) in order to receive National Health Service treatment that becomes necessary during a visit to the United Kingdom, free of charge. This was based on the department's understanding that the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Pharmaceutical Services (1 Jul 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: We expect to publish draft regulations on the detailed requirements for pharmaceutical needs assessments (PNAs) by early 2010, working with the advisory group whose formation was announced by my right honourable friend the Minister of State (Mr Mike O'Brien) in a Written Ministerial Statement on 18 June 2009, Official Report, Commons; cols. WS 31-32. We anticipate primary care trusts will...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisoners: Hunger Strike (30 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department issued Seeking Consent; Working with People in Prison in 2002. It was issued to prisons by means of Prison Service Instruction (PSI) 38/2002, which should be read in conjunction with Department of Health guidance Reference Guide to Consent for Examination or Treatment issued in 2001. Both documents are available on the department's website and have been placed in the Library....

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, the NHS has made excellent progress in implementing this important health and safety legislation, which ensures that patients receive safe, high-quality care from staff who have not worked excessive hours. Only doctors in training remain to become fully compliant by 1 August and two-thirds of them are already working a 48-hour week averaged over 26 weeks. Our overriding principles...

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, I am aware of these debates and refer to a publication from the Institute of Medicine in the US, which is the US academy. It stated that the surgery profession was concerned about the shift in work mentality, loss of professionalism and decreased access to quality surgical care; but that it was difficult to assess how much of the complaining represented rhetoric and resistance to...

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, there have been 200 successful applications across 13 specialties, which represents about 3 per cent of all the rotas. I could write to the noble Baroness with details of which regions and what specialties. The 3 per cent is what we believe needs to be derogated by 1 August. However, if there are strains on services within a period of 26 weeks—we calculate the 48-hour week over a...

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for raising the issue. She is correct that we have had 10 years to get these rotas compliant. There are 200 rotas and, to be fair to the service—I am sure that the noble Baroness will agree—there are some sub-specialties for which we find it extremely difficult to make these rotas compliant: for example, transplantation in children and some...

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, I am told that the directive was introduced in Europe at a time when impact assessment was not a part of the introduction of European legislation. However, I share the noble Lord's concerns about its impact on the quality of training for the future generation of surgeons, which is an important issue. To address that, we need to start a dialogue not around the numbers of hours of...

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, any doctor employed in the National Health Service who might provide services within an NHS provider or outside in social community services will be obliged to comply with the 48-hour working time directive.

Working Time Directive — Question (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: My Lords, I am grateful for the noble Lord raising that important issue. Anaesthetists should get more rest than surgeons. Some of us may enjoy the odd nap here, but it is a dangerous thing to do in an operating theatre. The answer to the question is valid: a number of rotas have been requested for derogation in anaesthesia, but we hope that within two years we will be able to resolve some of...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Agriculture: Sheep (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Under directly-applicable EC law, specified risk material (SRM) controls apply to sheep on a precautionary basis. The Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee has also advised that the maintenance of current risk reduction measures such as the removal of SRM would minimise the risk to human health should bovine spongiform encephalopathy enter the sheep flock. In addition, a possible human...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Autism (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: This Government are fulfilling the commitment to undertake transition research for young people with autism. The department will extend a current study about multi-agency transition services to provide a greater focus about what support multi-agency services provide for all young people with autism. The department will make further details about this available later this year. Further...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Embryology (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has advised that where donated gametes are used for the purpose of research, the authority's code of practice requires the treatment centre to ensure that aspects of the clinical and research roles are separated, so that individuals involved in advising patients regarding clinical decisions about their licensed treatment are not involved...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Cancer (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: There are currently no plans to incorporate these guidelines. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) recently issued guidance on the use of sunitinib for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma. NICE is also currently appraising bevacizumab, sorafenib, temsirolimus, everolimus and pazopanib for the treatment of renal cell carcinoma. NICE has also published two pieces...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Further to my previous Answer to you on this matter on 3 June, the department has contacted the Whips' Office about a further debate on the Government's response to the Archer report. A decision on whether to hold such a debate remains a matter for the House business managers.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer on 15 June 2009 (Official Report, col. WA179).

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: Departmental officials did not meet the Macfarlane Trust to discuss financial or other details of the government response to Lord Archer's report, prior to the publication of that response.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: The department has not suggested to the Association of British Insurers that it should hold meetings with the MacFarlane Trust. The association is free to meet the trust if it chooses.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health: Contaminated Blood Products (29 Jun 2009)

Lord Darzi of Denham: As stated in the Government's response to the Archer report, we will be increasing the amount of financial relief to those infected with human immunodeficiency virus to £12,800 per annum. The Government's response did not state that these heightened levels of financial assistance would be sufficient to meet insurance premiums, but that individuals will be able to use this money to help meet...


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