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star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Zolpidem more like this
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unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received on the prescription of zolpidem. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
star this property uin 216755 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>In the 6 month period, June 2014 to November 2014, the Department received no written representations concerning the prescribing of zolpidem (Stilnoct).</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Mid Norfolk more like this
star this property answering member printed George Freeman more like this
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less than 2014-12-05T12:50:25.403Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T12:50:25.403Z
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star this property label Biography information for George Freeman more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
167516
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Organs: Donors more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that donated organs are suitable for transplant. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
star this property uin 216752 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p>Potential donors are screened for a number of infections, such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Syphilis, Cytomegalovirus and Human T-cell lymphotropic virus. In addition, organs are routinely evaluated prior to retrieval, during retrieval and before implantation by both the retrieval team and the transplantation clinical team.</p><p> </p><p>Trained Specialist Nurses in Organ Donation review the donor’s clinical notes and contact the general practitioner or relevant health professional to obtain the medical history. In order to build an accurate background of the donor’s social and medical history, the Specialist Nurse approaches the family to gather information about the potential donor’s lifestyle choices, travel history and other factors that may impact on whether or not a donor’s organs are appropriate for transplantation, using a standard form to ensure that all relevant history is captured. The decision whether or not to accept an organ for a patient is ultimately made by the transplant surgeon, using their clinical expertise and the information collected to carefully weigh up the risks.</p><p> </p><p>In line with guidance, the transplant team discuss with the potential recipient any known risks associated with the organ which could affect its function in the short and long term before obtaining consent for its use.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-12-05T13:07:31.897Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T13:07:31.897Z
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3918
star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
167482
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Farms: Waste Disposal more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps she is taking to ensure that green waste disposed on farmland does not contain plastic bags and other non-biodegradable material. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
star this property uin 216750 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Environment Agency regulates the recovery and disposal of green waste on farmland through a system of environmental permits or registered exemptions issued under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2010. The permit stipulates the types and quantities of waste that may be handled and imposes other conditions in order to protect human health and the environment.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Quality Protocols, supported by Publicly Available Standards such as those for compost (PAS 100) and the digestate from anaerobic digestion (PAS 110) are also in place. If these standards are met, the output is considered to be completely recycled and is no longer subject to waste management controls. These specifications allow only ‘source-segregated biodegradable’ inputs and this includes biodegradable garden and kitchen wastes collected from households. PAS 100 specifications include stringent limits on physical contaminants - such as metal, plastic and glass - that can be present in the finished composts.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-12-05T13:58:52.327Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T13:58:52.327Z
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1504
star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
167515
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department of Health more like this
star this property answering dept id 17 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Health more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Health more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Cancer more like this
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25259
unstar this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to help GPs diagnose cancer at an early stage. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
star this property uin 216751 more like this
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star this property is ministerial correction false more like this
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star this property answer text <p><em>Improving Outcomes: A Strategy for Cancer </em>(January 2011) is backed by an additional £750 million over the four year Spending Review period including over £450 million to achieve early diagnosis. The earlier diagnosis money is designed to support improved direct general practitioner (GP) access to four key diagnostic tests to support the diagnosis of brain tumours, bowel, lung, and ovarian cancers; and increased testing and treatment costs in secondary care. GPs are able to access these tests directly in cases where the two-week urgent referral pathway is not appropriate but a patient’s symptoms require further investigation. The intention is that more people presenting with relevant symptoms will be tested and at an earlier stage.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2012, the Department published ‘Direct access to diagnostic tests for cancer: best practice referral pathways for general practitioners’ to provide criteria for accessing these diagnostic tests.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The earlier diagnosis money also supports centrally led Be Clear on Cancer (BCOC) symptom awareness campaigns to raise the public’s awareness of cancer symptoms and encourage people with persistent symptoms to go to the doctor. Since 2011 the Department and Public Health England (since 2013) in partnership with NHS England (including NHS Improving Quality) and other stakeholders have run national BCOC campaigns for bladder and kidney, bowel, breast and lung cancers; regional campaigns for ovarian, oesophagogastric cancers, and local pilot campaigns to raise awareness of four symptoms of unexplained bleeding, lump, pain, and weight loss; and awareness of skin and prostate cancers.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As part of the BCOC campaign process, the Department, Public Health England, and NHS England have worked with Cancer Research UK and other partners to develop briefing sheets to support GPs and other healthcare professionals during the campaigns.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>More generally, to increase awareness of cancer amongst GPs, the Department supported British Medical Journal (BMJ) Learning to develop and launch an on-line learning tool for GPs in 2012. The tool offers accredited professional development and includes four modules - tackling late diagnosis; risk assessment tools; cancer pathway and the role of primary care; and diagnosing osteosarcoma and brain tumours in children with an additional section on communication skills. The tool can be accessed at:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p><a href="http://learning.bmj.com/learning/home.html" target="_blank">http://learning.bmj.com/learning/home.html</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In 2013, Macmillan Cancer Support, partly funded by the Department, piloted an electronic cancer decision support (CDS) tool for GPs to use in their routine practice. It is designed to help GPs recognise the symptoms of cancer and identify patients that they might not otherwise refer urgently for suspected cancer. The CDS covers lung, colorectal, oesophagogastric, ovarian and pancreatic cancers and a new symptom checker for melanoma. Following the pilot, Macmillan Cancer Support is able to offer the tool to GPs.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>In addition to this, since 2005, the Referral Guidelines for Suspected Cancer, published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has supported GPs to identify patients with the symptoms of suspected cancer and urgently refer them as appropriate. NICE is in the process of updating this guidance to ensure that it reflects the latest evidence and the anticipated publication date for the revised guidelines is May 2015.</p><p> </p><p><strong> </strong></p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency Battersea more like this
star this property answering member printed Jane Ellison more like this
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less than 2014-12-05T13:06:18.437Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T13:06:18.437Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jane Ellison more like this
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4131
unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
167481
star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2014-12-02more like thismore than 2014-12-02
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept id 13 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Environment, Food and Rural Affairs more like this
unstar this property hansard heading Bees more like this
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25259
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to tackle the bee disease foulbrood. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford more like this
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Jim Shannon remove filter
star this property uin 216754 more like this
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star this property answer text <p>The Healthy Bee Plan sets out the Government’s approach to tackling our highest risks to bee health, which includes foulbrood. It is published at <a href="http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?sectionid=41" target="_blank">http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?sectionid=41</a>.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The National Bee Unit has an extensive risk-based surveillance programme in place to check for bee pests and diseases, including American and European foulbrood. The programme targets apiaries that are at a higher risk of disease. Both American foulbrood and European foulbrood are notifiable. Where a case of European foulbrood is identified, the colony is destroyed or treated. For American foulbrood, the colony is destroyed and the hive boxes are sterilised. After treatment, beekeepers are not allowed to move bees from their apiary until a Bee Inspector has visited and confirmed the apiary is free of foulbrood.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is working with beekeeping associations to deliver guidance, advice and training on American foulbrood and European foulbrood prevention measures (such as biosecurity and barrier management), good husbandry and disease recognition. We are also working with professional bee farmers to establish an accreditation scheme which allows beekeepers with the appropriate training and practices to take greater responsibility for identification and control of foulbrood in their hives.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>One of the projects funded under the Insect Pollinators Initiative developed modelling systems for managing bee disease by studying the epidemiology of European foulbrood. The final report for this project was recently submitted. Defra has previously funded research on European foulbrood, including the shook swarm method for managing European foulbrood. Final reports are available for these projects.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency North Cornwall more like this
star this property answering member printed Dan Rogerson more like this
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less than 2014-12-05T14:00:31.387Zmore like thismore than 2014-12-05T14:00:31.387Z
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star this property label Biography information for Dan Rogerson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this