38429 - Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (Answered)

Ms Margaret Ritchie
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to publish the (a) agenda for and (b) minutes of the June 2016 meeting of its Commissioning Priorities Advisory Group.

George Freeman

The clinical commissioning policy propositions that will be considered for relative prioritisation by the Clinical Priorities Advisory Group (CPAG) in June have already been published by NHS England and been the subject of public consultation. These can be found at:

38428 - Health Services (Answered)

Ms Margaret Ritchie
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS England's new prioritisation framework for making decisions on investment in specialised services will be aligned with the recommendations of the accelerated access review.

George Freeman

The Accelerated Access Review team has been working closely with colleagues across NHS England, including the specialised commissioning team to ensure that policy is aligned.

38427 - Health Services (Answered)

Ms Margaret Ritchie
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England plans to publish its response to its consultation on developing a method to assist investment decisions in specialised services.

George Freeman

The proposed prioritisation methodology which went out to consultation was signed off by the Specialised Commissioning Committee at its meeting on 31 May 2016 – for use in 2016/17.

The consultation outcome document will now be published on the website imminently.

38481 - NHS: Logos (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS logo is a registered trademark; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

The National Health Service logo is a registered trademark.

38480 - NHS: Logos (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the use of the NHS logo by organisations and people outside the NHS.

George Freeman

The National Health Service logo should only be used by NHS organisations, or on services and information that the NHS is involved with. This is to protect the NHS from being seen as the source of materials that have not originated from the NHS, nor had any involvement from the NHS.

38188 - Fertility: Medical Treatments (Answered)

Steve McCabe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 4 May 2016 to Question 36039, on fertility: medical treatments, which services NHS England commissions centrally.

George Freeman

NHS England is responsible for directly commissioned services which include not only specialised services, but also offender and military health services, as well as primary care services such as optometry and dentistry.

A complete list of Prescribed Specialised Services for 2016/17 can be found in the attached document.

38161 - Members: Correspondence (Holding Answer)

Catherine West
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, when he will reply to the letter of 18 April 2016 on the closure of a Crown Post Office in Hornsey and Wood Green constituency; and if he will meet with the hon. Member for Hornsey and Wood Green to discuss that matter.

George Freeman

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

38468 - Medicine: Research (Answered)

Derek Thomas
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who participated in medical research in each year since 2010; and what steps his Department is taking to encourage patient participation in such research.

George Freeman

Estimated annual data are not available on the total number of patients who participated in medical research. Recruitment in England to studies hosted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network is shown in the following table.

38151 - Heart Diseases (Answered)

Nic Dakin
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 12 May 2016 to Question 36856, on heart diseases, when his Department plans to instruct NICE to develop specific clinical guidelines on the diagnosis, referral and treatment of patients with heart valve disease.

George Freeman

NHS England is responsible for commissioning clinical guidelines on healthcare topics from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

38410 - Ian Austin - 24-May-2016 (Answered)

Ian Austin
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to continue supplying Orkambi to cystic fibrosis patients currently receiving that drug as part of a clinical trial in the event of that drug not being approved for NHS use by the NICE.

George Freeman

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is currently appraising Orkambi (lumacaftor-ivacaftor) for the treatment of cystic fibrosis homozygous for the F508del mutation.

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