81 - Medical Records: Data Protection (Answered)

Tom Blenkinsop
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data protection measures are in place when sending patient data to a country that does not appear on the European Commission's list of countries recognised as providing adequate protection.

George Freeman

436 - Paracetamol: Children (Answered)

Luciana Berger
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to parents and teachers warning them of the dangers of the internet dare known as the paracetemol challenge, in which children reportedly attempt to consume larger quantities of that medication.

George Freeman

64 - Alopecia: Females (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what help the NHS provides to women affected by baldness.

George Freeman

NHS England has advised that clinical commissioning groups are responsible for treatment of patients affected by baldness through locally commissioned services.

NHS England would expect services to be commissioned taking account of guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as well as local population needs.

532 - Parkinson's Disease: Drugs (Answered)

Mr Virendra Sharma
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how NHS England will communicate the decision on the draft clinical commissioning policy for Duodopa to (a) clinicians and (b) patients.

George Freeman

NHS England has advised that a decision on the draft clinical commissioning policy for Duodopa is expected by the end of June.

NHS England has further advised that there will be a formal announcement of all the decisions relating to the clinical commissioning policies which have recently been consulted on at the end of June.

531 - Parkinson's Disease: Drugs (Answered)

Mr Virendra Sharma
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects NHS England to take a decision on the draft clinical commissioning policy for Duodopa.

George Freeman

NHS England has advised that a decision on the draft clinical commissioning policy for Duodopa is expected by the end of June.

NHS England has further advised that there will be a formal announcement of all the decisions relating to the clinical commissioning policies which have recently been consulted on at the end of June.

580 - Medical Records (Answered)

Mr Roger Godsiff
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the publication of the updated GP clinical code specification referred to in Annex 1 of the care.data Directions, whether any patient communications for care.data will be sent in June 2015.

George Freeman

The updated GP clinical code specification is scheduled for publication in June. The amendments have not changed the clinical concepts, but have focused on strengthening the precautions in place to make sure only the right codes are being extracted.

228692 - General Practitioners: Working Hours (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his contribution of 13 May 2013, Official Report, column 351, on health and social care, in what year he plans to end the ability of GPs to opt out of providing out-of-hours care.

George Freeman

Since the introduction of the revised GP contract in 2004, general practitioners (GPs) have been able to opt out of responsibility for providing out-of-hours care.

228691 - General Practitioners: Training (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training places for general practice were (a) commissioned and (b) filled in 2014-15 to date.

George Freeman

The Government has mandated Health Education England (HEE) to provide national leadership on education, training and workforce development in the National Health Service in England.

In 2014-15 HEE commissioned 3,067 general practitioner (GP) specialty training posts, and 2,688 were filled.

228724 - Strokes (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will recommend to NICE that it updates the EQ5D methodology to better represent meaningful quality of life measures used in assessing cost-effectiveness for interventions that could affect the long-term survival of stroke patients with associated disability.

George Freeman

228715 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Keith Vaz
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions have been issued for the drug Sunitinib in each of the last three years; and what restrictions his Department places on the use of that drug in the NHS.

George Freeman

Sunitinib (Sutent) is mainly used in hospitals, where usage is recorded in volumes rather than numbers of prescription items. The table below provides the published figures for use of sunitinib in the National Health Service in England in milligrams of active ingredient.

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