6563 - Knee Replacements (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received about development of a commissioning policy for microprocessor knees by NHS England.

George Freeman

Since 1 July 2015, no Department of Health Minister or the Chief Medical Officer has received representations about development of a commissioning policy for microprocessor knees by NHS England.

7657 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Royal Colleges on the future of the National Cancer Drugs Fund beyond March 2016.

George Freeman

We have made no such assessment nor have there been any discussions between the Department and the Royal Colleges. The Government is committed to continuing to invest in the Cancer Drugs Fund.

7656 - Cancer: Drugs (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of potential delays for patients in access to medicines as a result of changes to the National Cancer Drugs Fund in March 2016.

George Freeman

We have made no such assessment nor have there been any discussions between the Department and the Royal Colleges. The Government is committed to continuing to invest in the Cancer Drugs Fund.

7658 - Leukaemia: Drugs (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia in England have access to (a) Ponatinib and (b) other innovative new medicines.

George Freeman

A number of drugs for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia have been recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and are routinely available in England.

A number of other drugs, including ponatinib, are available through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

7759 - Fibromyalgia (Answered)

Dr Liam Fox
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide funding for projects and research on aetiology and the treatment of Fibromyalgia.

George Freeman

7680 - Multiple Sclerosis: Drugs (Answered)

Mr Mark Prisk
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were treated using the drug Fampyra in (a) the UK, (b) each English region, (c) each parliamentary constituency and (d) each Clinical Commissioning Group.

George Freeman

Information on the number of patients treated using a particular medicine is not collected. The Health and Social Care Information Centre has advised that five prescription items for fampridine (Fampyra) were prescribed in England and dispensed in the community in 2014.

7536 - Postal Services: Compensation (Answered)

Alex Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will request the Royal Mail to review the (a) effectiveness and (b) fairness of its postal compensation scheme.

George Freeman

The specific details of its compensation arrangements are essentially a commercial matter for Royal Mail.

6558 - Medical Treatments (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of NHS England's evaluation through commissioning programme to date; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

No formal assessment of the effectiveness of NHS England’s Commissioning through Evaluation programme has been made to date.

6562 - Prosthetics (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ask NHS England to reconsider a commissioning policy on (a) microprocessor knees, (b) muti-articulating prosthetic hands and (c) custom made silicon covers.

George Freeman

6561 - Medical Treatments: Finance (Answered)

Andrew Gwynne
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding NHS England's evaluation through commissioning programme has received; and how much is allocated for future programmes.

George Freeman

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