38832 - Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what compliance procedures the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has to ensure that its pharmacovigilance functions do not conflict with the relationships it builds with private companies when seeking business from such companies.

George Freeman

38845 - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome: Diagnosis (Answered)

Wendy Morton
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of Ehlers-Danios Syndrome have been diagnosed in each of the last five years.

George Freeman

These data are not held centrally by the Department.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is a complex group of heritable disorders of connective tissue with an estimated prevalence of one in 20,000. As EDS appears in a variety of forms rates of diagnosis can be underestimated.

38786 - Clinical Audit: ICT (Answered)

Nigel Mills
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to review and update NICE guidance to take account of emerging new technologies in electronic auditing.

George Freeman

Neither the Department nor the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has any plans to do so.

38715 - Health Education: Publications (Answered)

Thangam Debbonaire
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of bringing forward legislative proposals to prevent the publication of books, papers and other material containing health advice which does not have a sound evidence base; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

We have no plans to make such an assessment. The Department’s policies and advice are informed by the best available evidence.

38573 - Department of Health: Procurement (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has assessed the effect on (a) patients and (b) patient choice of centralised procurement.

George Freeman

‘Centralised procurement’ can sometimes be used to refer to the services of NHS Supply Chain. NHS Supply Chain offers a procurement and logistics service to all National Health Service trusts in the United Kingdom under a central service contract on behalf of NHS Business Services Authority.

38552 - Incontinence (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with NHS Supply Chain on that organisation's decision on the choice of urine drainage bags available through the NHS Core List Programme.

George Freeman

38670 - NHS: Correspondence (Answered)

Dr Tania Mathias
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to reduce the cost to the NHS of postage of appointment notifications to patients.

George Freeman

38622 - Hospitals: Admissions (Answered)

Barbara Keeley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many readmissions within 28 days of discharge from hospital there were for patients over the age of (a) 65, (b) 80 and (c) 90 in (i) England and (ii) each clinical commissioning group and primary care trust area in each of the last six years.

George Freeman

The information is not held in the format requested.

38624 - Hospitals: Discharges (Answered)

Barbara Keeley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were discharged from hospital between 11pm and 6am in each of the last six years.

George Freeman

The information is not held in the format requested.

38457 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Catherine McKinnell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 2 March 2016 to Question 29364, what the grounds are for the Public Health England Office for Data Release denying requests made to it for information collected via the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy dataset; what the timescale is for that office to respond to any requests made; and whether there will be a public announcement setting out the date when requests for data may be made to that office.

George Freeman

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