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Department of Health more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
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star this property hansard heading Lyme Disease more like this
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in December 2011, the Clinical Pathology Accreditation Service was made aware of modifications by the Health Protection Agency’s Lyme Borreliosis Unit to the Trinity Biotech immunoblot kit to be used for testing human cerebrospinal fluid. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
star this property answer text <p>The former Health Protection Agency's Lyme Borreliosis Unit (HPA LBU) was accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation who had access to, and was able to review, all the standard operating procedures of the unit.</p><p> </p><p>The Trinity Biotech Lyme Western Blot is a qualitative in vitro assay for the detection of Immunoglobulin (IgG or IgM) antibodies in human samples against specific antigens/proteins of <em>Borrelia afzelii, Borrelia garinii and Borrelia burgdorferi</em>. The Trinity Biotech Lyme Western Blot is intended as a confirmatory assay for use in testing human samples which have been previously found to be positive or equivocal using an Enzyme Immunoassay and Immunofluroescent Assay or other appropriate screening method. Positive second-tier results are supportive evidence of infection with <em>B. burgdorferi</em>. The diagnosis of Lyme disease should be made based on history and symptoms (such as erythema migrans), and other laboratory data, in addition to the presence of antibodies to <em>B. burgdorferi</em>. The Trinity Biotech blot has been in use since 2007 by the former HPA’s LBU for testing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and proved very reliable. This technique has also been in use widely across Europe during this period as a diagnostic test using CSF as a sample to support the diagnosis of neuroborreliosis.</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-24T12:32:59.6647091Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T12:32:59.6647091Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
77264
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Lyme Disease more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the testing of the cerebrospinal fluid of patients suspected of having Lyme disease using the Trinity Biotech kit at the Health Protection Agency’s Lyme Borreliosis Unit began; how many patients' samples were tested in that way; and how many patients were recorded as being positive over that period of time. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL998 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
star this property answer text <p>The Trinity Biotech blot has been in use since 2007 by the former Health Protection Agency's Lyme Borreliosis Unit for testing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and proved very reliable. It has also been used in this way by other laboratories in Europe. However, CSF antibodies will not be present if there is no evidence of any other antibodies in the serum. Data is not collected centrally on specific samples from patients as the final diagnosis is made by the clinician on the basis of the test results and the clinical presentation.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-24T12:31:17.2846277Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T12:31:17.2846277Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
77303
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading NHS: Fees and Charges more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the survey by the Nuffield Trust suggesting that almost half of National Health Service managers believe that patients will be forced to pay for some services within 10 years. more like this
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Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
star this property uin HL1037 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-17more like thismore than 2014-07-17
star this property answer text <p>The principles underpinning the National Health Service, enshrined in the NHS Constitution, include that it provides a comprehensive service available to all based on clinical need and that NHS services are free of charge, except in limited circumstances sanctioned by Parliament.</p><p> </p><p>Rising demands and continued fiscal constraint means that the NHS faces challenges in ensuring that it remains financially sustainable in the future. The Government believes that the answer to these challenges lies in changing the way services are delivered and keeping people well and independent for longer, not in altering the fundamental principles that underpin the NHS.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-17T12:00:18.9110088Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-17T12:00:18.9110088Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Taylor of Warwick more like this
77295
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Department of Health more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Children and Young People: Bereavement Counselling more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of family bereavement on the mental health and well-being of children and young people. more like this
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Lord Boateng more like this
star this property uin HL1029 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-22more like thismore than 2014-07-22
star this property answer text <p>No assessment has been made of the impact of family bereavement on the mental health and well-being of children and young people. However, we are investing £54 million over the four year period 2011 – 2015 in the Children and Young People’s Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP IAPT) programme.</p><p> </p><p>CYP IAPT interventions can help children and young people who have been impacted by family bereavement.</p><p> </p><p>The CYP IAPT approved interventions include:</p><p> </p><p>- Cognitive behavioural therapy for emotional disorders such as anxiety and depressive disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder;</p><p>- parenting training for conduct disorders (3-10 year olds);</p><p>- systemic Family Practice; and</p><p>- Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents.</p><p> </p><p>On 25 March, we launched MindEd, an interactive e-learning programme on children and young people’s mental health that seeks to help any adult working with children and young people. The MindEd e-portal provides a ‘Loss and Grief’ module, aimed at helping children and young people who face loss, such as loss of a parent by death or divorce. MindEd is available at:</p><p> </p><p>www.minded.org.uk</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-22T15:49:59.2844113Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-22T15:49:59.2844113Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Boateng more like this
77292
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading NHS more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legal entities exist within the National Health Service which do not directly deal with patients. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL1026 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-22more like thismore than 2014-07-22
star this property answer text <p>The Department does not hold the precise information requested. However, the Department has published guidance, entitled <em>The Health and Care System Explained</em>, on organisations that are involved in the delivery of health services since the implementation of the Health and Social Care Act (2012). Based on that guidance, it is estimated that there are 16 national bodies and 224 local bodies that do not directly provide health services to patients within the system.</p><p> </p><p>By contrast, there are approximately 33,000 bodies in England that do provide NHS services directly to patients, including NHS trusts, NHS foundation trusts, general practices, dental practices, opticians and community pharmacies.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-22T15:38:33.3016874Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-22T15:38:33.3016874Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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4289
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor more like this
77291
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading NHS more like this
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25277
star this property pref label House of Lords more like this
star this property question text To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the costs and benefits of the internal market in the National Health Service over the last 20 years. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL1025 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-21more like thismore than 2014-07-21
star this property answer text <p>Retaining the purchaser provider separation has been the policy of successive governments. In line with its predecessors, this Government considers it the most effective means of developing efficient high quality care while providing value for money for the public purse. More specifically, it created a means of managing the health service in which providers of care were accountable to the public through contracts which specified the quality of care, and its cost in a much more transparent way than had previously been the case. In doing so, it also drove improvement in both the quantity and quality of what the health service was providing.</p><p> </p><p>However, there are two distinct reasons why it has often been difficult to quantify the relative costs and benefits of the internal market. First, it is difficult to estimate the cost of what would have happened without it – in other words what would have been the case had such accountability not been in place. Second, there have been differing models for implementing the internal market over at least two decades (total purchasing pilots, general practitioner fundholding and practice-based commissioning).</p><p> </p><p>The impact assessment for the Health and Social Care Act 2012<sup>1</sup> looked at the broad cost and benefits of continuing a separate commissioning function as an advocate for patients and the taxpayer, separate from the more autonomous provider side.</p><p> </p><p><em>Notes:</em></p><p><sup>1</sup>www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/215819/dh_129916.pdf</p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-21T11:22:38.4899837Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-21T11:22:38.4899837Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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4289
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor more like this
77290
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Department of Health more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading General Practitioners more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve general practitioner facilities and training and the provision of primary healthcare services. more like this
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Baroness Manzoor more like this
star this property uin HL1024 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
star this property answer text <p>NHS England have advised that they are working with clinical commissioning groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and other local partners to ensure that joint strategic plans identify where premises developments are needed and how the capital and revenue for these premises developments will be met.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, the Department has recently set out its ambitions for primary care in publishing <em>Transforming Primary Care.</em> A copy has already been placed in the Library. The changes to the general practitioner (GP) contract for this year will help ensure that patients aged over 75 and those with the most complex needs receive more personalised and proactive care.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has also invested £50 million, through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, to develop new ways of improving access to GP services.</p><p> </p><p>The Department has recognised the need to increase the GP workforce and between September 2010 and September 2013, the number of full time equivalent GPs has risen by 1,051. Additionally, the Department has included in its mandate to Health Education England (HEE), a requirement that “HEE will ensure that 50% of trainees completing foundation level training enter GP training programmes by 2016”.</p><p> </p><p>A new Chief Inspector of General Practice has also been appointed and the Care Quality Commission is inspecting standards in GP practices and taking action where it finds poor care.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-24T14:30:22.9519163Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T14:30:22.9519163Z
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2000
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4289
unstar this property label Biography information for Baroness Manzoor more like this
77277
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Department of Health more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading In Vitro Fertilisation more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 9 July (WA 49), whether they consider that the inability of three reviews to find evidence to suggest any of the techniques evaluated are unsafe constitutes evidence that such techniques are safe; and if so, what is the purpose of the recommended experiments that should be completed before the techniques could be used in clinical practice. more like this
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Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
star this property uin HL1011 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
star this property answer text <p>All three reviews have found no evidence to suggest any of the techniques evaluated are unsafe.</p><p> </p><p>The experiments recommended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority convened Expert Panel’s June 2014 report are designed to contribute towards the decision as to when mitochondrial donation should be offered in treatment.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-24T14:29:24.8385026Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T14:29:24.8385026Z
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2000
star this property label Biography information for Earl Howe more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Lord Alton of Liverpool more like this
77269
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Department of Health more like this
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unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
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star this property hansard heading Lyme Disease more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Health Protection Agency's Lyme Borreliosis Unit informed clinicians and patients of test results on cerebrospinal fluid in accordance with Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency guidance on devices used off-label. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL1003 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
star this property answer text <p>The former Health Protection Agency's Lyme Borreliosis Unit informed requesting clinicians but not patients of the results on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and also provided a clinical interpretive service to the requesting clinician. There was no approved ‘on-label’ test for CSF at that time, which is why the use of this test was carefully controlled and its quality assured in each test run. It is the role of the requesting clinician to be guided by the interpretation of the laboratory result and to use these results in the light of the clinical presentation to make a diagnosis and a management plan for individual patients. In addition to the controls for the test, the CSF sample was run with the patient’s serum. If the patient had Lyme disease, serology would have demonstrated this and the patient treated appropriately for their clinical presentation whether the CSF was positive or negative.</p> more like this
star this property answering member printed Earl Howe remove filter
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less than 2014-07-24T14:20:46.6606248Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T14:20:46.6606248Z
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2000
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unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this
77268
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
unstar this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
star this property hansard heading Lyme Disease more like this
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25277
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star this property question text To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Health Protection Agency's Lyme Borreliosis Unit informed clinicians and patients of test results on cerebrospinal fluid in accordance with Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency guidance in carrying out testing of cerebrospinal fluid of patients suspected of having Lyme disease using the Trinity Biotech kit. more like this
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The Countess of Mar more like this
star this property uin HL1002 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-07-24more like thismore than 2014-07-24
star this property answer text <p>The former Health Protection Agency's Lyme Borreliosis Unit (HPA LBU) informed requesting clinicians but not patients of the results on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and also provided a clinical interpretive service to the requesting clinician. Referring laboratories and clinicians managing patients with Lyme disease were aware of the limitations of diagnostic tests for serum and CSF through publications and educational meetings. It is the role of the requesting clinician to be guided by the interpretation of the laboratory result and to use these results in the light of the clinical presentation to make a diagnosis and a management plan for individual patients. It is also important to note that the former HPA’s LBU performed diagnostic tests on samples referred by other laboratories</p> more like this
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less than 2014-07-24T13:33:24.7350156Zmore like thismore than 2014-07-24T13:33:24.7350156Z
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2000
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1861
unstar this property label Biography information for The Countess of Mar more like this