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100153
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unstar this property answer text <p>We have not made an estimate of the overall cost to the consumer in 2014 prices as the CPI index for the full year is not yet available.</p> more like this
100196
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unstar this property answer text <p>We are advised by NHS England that the clinician who authorises Individual Funding Requests for Gamma Knife treatment to be undertaken at the Queens Square Radiology Centre Ltd (QSRC) is a surgeon at the National Hospital for Neurosurgery and Neurology (NHNN), part of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Gamma Knife treatment is not undertaken by UCLH but by the private company QSRC, which is based at NHNN but has no formal relationship with UCLH.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p> more like this
100950
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unstar this property answer text <p>We are investing £5 billion over this Parliament to support local authorities in their duty to secure sufficient school places for their area.</p><p> </p><p>This has already enabled local authorities to create 260,000 additional pupil places between May 2010 and May 2013, including 212,000 primary places, with more in the pipeline for September 2015.</p><p> </p> more like this
100194
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Government does not set a benchmark for waiting times to see a general practitioner (GP) for a routine appointment.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The 48 hour waiting time target was removed because it as seen as too inflexible in meeting the needs of patients. The GP patient survey showed that the proportion of people who wanted to get an appointment within 2 days (and were able to) actually fell between 2008-09 and 2009-10 i.e. when the target was in place.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
100195
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unstar this property answer text <p>In considering the commissioning and provision of secondary care, it is for commissioners and clinicians locally to design and deliver the models of care that are going to provide the best outcomes for patients.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>NHS England has published a Five Year Forward View which describes the vision for the future of the NHS, including increasing the involvement of General Practitioners in the provision of services traditionally placed in secondary care through ‘Multispecialty Community Providers’ and ‘Primary and Acute Care Systems’. A copy of the Five Year Forward View is attached.</p><p> </p> more like this
100204
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unstar this property answer text <p>Individual National Health Service trusts are responsible for their own procurement activity and are supported by collaborative procurement organisations working at regional and national level.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department launched a Procurement Efficiency Programme (<em>Better Procurement Better Value Better Care</em>) in August 2013, further details of which can be found at:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-procurement-in-the-nhs" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/improving-procurement-in-the-nhs</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>This programme focussed on the need to improve local capability, data and leadership in the longer term and the need to drive £1.5-£2 billion of efficiency savings in the immediate term. As part of this efficiency programme the Department is working with NHS trusts and collaborative procurement organisations to determine the most effective procurement approaches going forward.</p><p> </p>
100178
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unstar this property answer text <p>It is the long-standing policy of successive governments not to comment on matters of intelligence. However, the Intelligence Services Commissioner’s annual reports provide details of his oversight of Section 7 ISA authorisations. The most recent report was published in June 2014.</p> more like this
100175
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unstar this property answer text <p>We understand that Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has been sentenced to death. It is still possible for him to appeal the decision, and we will not be making representations while the legal process is ongoing.</p><p>The death penalty undermines human dignity and its abolition is a human rights priority for the UK. Ministers, our Ambassador in Riyadh and the Embassy team raise the issue of the death penalty with the Saudi authorities, both bilaterally and through the European Union. We recognise that total abolition of the death penalty is unlikely in Saudi Arabia in the near future. Our focus is therefore on the introduction of EU minimum standards for the death penalty as a first step, and on supporting access to justice and rule of law.</p> more like this
100176
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry made a number of observations regarding long-standing complaints of sect-based discrimination in Bahrain. We have raised these concerns with the Government of Bahrain and we continue to encourage the Bahraini authorities to implement in full the recommendations set out in the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry.</p> more like this
100092
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unstar this property answer text <p>Under the Flexible Working Regulations, brought in on 30 June, all employees with 26 continuous weeks of service have the right to request flexible working from their employer. Individuals on zero hours contracts, who are employees, can request a change in their contracts, which could also include a request to move to a fixed hours contract.</p><p> </p> more like this