228679 - NHS: Bureaucracy (Answered)

Heidi Alexander
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average number of hours spent on administrative tasks each week by (a) nurses and (b) GPs in the latest period for which figures are available.

George Freeman

228678 - Nurses: Training (Answered)

Heidi Alexander
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training posts for nurses were commissioned in England in each year from 1989-90 to 1997-98.

George Freeman

The following table provides information on the number of pre-registration nurse training places that were commissioned for the years 1996-97 and 1997-98. The Department does not hold data prior to this date.

Year

Number of places commissioned

1996-97

14,325

228646 - Orphan Drugs (Answered)

Greg Mulholland
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to commit to the referral of ultra-orphan drugs to NICE Highly Specialised Technologies; and if he will give a target date for this action.

George Freeman

228645 - Leukaemia: Drugs (Answered)

Mark Tami
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the drugs available for chronic myeloid leukaemia patients who are intolerant or resistant to tyrosine-kinase inhibitor therapies.

George Freeman

228748 - Medical Equipment (Answered)

Mr George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration NHS England will give to patient choice in its review of regulations relating to dispensing appliance contractor licences.

George Freeman

228749 - Medical Equipment (Answered)

Mr George Howarth
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what part consultation and stakeholder engagement will play in NHS England's review of regulations relating to dispensing appliance contractor licences.

George Freeman

228934 - Prescriptions: Fees and Charges (Answered)

Mr John Leech
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government will refund penalty charges for people who subsequently were given a medical exemption certificate.

George Freeman

228926 - Babies: Heart Diseases (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were born with a hole in their heart in each of the last five years.

George Freeman

Information on the number of babies born with a hole in their heart is not collected centrally.

228835 - Eyesight: Testing (Answered)

Liz Kendall
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free sight tests were provided on the NHS to people aged (a) under and (b) over 60 in England in each of the last five years.

George Freeman

The table below shows how many National Health Service funded sight tests were provided in England to people aged over 60 and to other eligible groups in each of the last five years.

2009/10

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

2013/14

228063 - Hepatitis: Drugs (Answered)

Sir David Amess
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department and NHS England are taking to accelerate the access of hepatitis C patient to interferon-free medicines; and what estimate he has made of the number of patients who will commence treatment with such medicines in 2015.

George Freeman

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) is undertaking technology appraisals of several new drugs for the treatment of hepatitis C.

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