4346 - Familial Hypercholesterolemia: Drugs (Answered)

Mr Kevan Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when NHS England will issue a commissioning position on the use of Lomitapide for the treatment of Homozygous Familial Hypercholesterolemia; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

NHS England is reviewing a number of interventions that will be considered for commissioning from April 2016. Lomitapide for homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia is one of those interventions being considered.

4345 - Medical Treatments: Finance (Answered)

Mr Kevan Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the criteria are by which NHS area teams assess Individual Funding Request (IFR) applications; whether there is a maximum threshold for the price of a medicine for which an IFR can be submitted; and whether different criteria are applied according to price.

George Freeman

4334 - Neuromuscular Disorders: Birmingham (Answered)

Steve McCabe
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will require Birmingham Children's Hospital and Birmingham Heartlands Hospital Trusts to fund jointly a paediatric neuromuscular consultant.

George Freeman

NHS England is responsible for commissioning specialised services, including neuromuscular services.

4398 - Duodopa (Answered)

Mr Virendra Sharma
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress NHS England has made in its review of the draft clinical commissioning policy for Duodopa; and how the views of clinicians and those affected by Parkinson's disease have been taken into account during that review.

George Freeman

On 24 March 2015, NHS England launched a 30 day public consultation on a proposed number of new products for specialised services, including a clinical commissioning policy for co-careldopa intestinal gel (Duodopa).

4515 - NHS: Meat (Answered)

Nic Dakin
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) lamb, (b) beef, (c) pork and (d) poultry meat is purchased annually by the NHS for consumption; and what proportion of such meat is British in origin.

George Freeman

Information on the amount and provenance of all meat purchased by the National Health Service is not held centrally by the Department. However, information is held for fresh meat and poultry purchased through NHS Supply Chain, under national framework agreements.

900792 - General Practitioners: New Towns (Answered)

Heidi Allen
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he is providing for GP practices in new towns.

George Freeman

NHS England has a legal duty to fund the general practitioner (GP) services required to meet the reasonable needs of the population, both in old and new towns.

On 1 July, NHS England, together with Public Health England, launched an initiative to shape strong new communities that promote health and wellbeing, prevent illness and keep people independent.

900794 - Health Services (Answered)

Mrs Flick Drummond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to increase capacity in general practice and primary care.

George Freeman

On 19 June, the Secretary of State set out the first stages of a New Deal for General Practice, including:

‒ an estimated 5,000 more doctors working in general practice by 2020;

‒ investing £1 billion over four years in infrastructure and £150 million through the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund; and

‒ reducing bureaucracy to release capacity.

4661 - Asthma: Drugs (Answered)

Ms Margaret Ritchie
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of prescribing medicines for asthma patients; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

4569 - Blood: Contamination (Answered)

Ms Margaret Ritchie
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress his Department has made on licencing the Harvoni form of ledipasvir-sofosbuvir for people who have been contaminated by blood products; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

Harvoni (ledipasvir-sofosbuvir) has been authorised by the European Commission and a Marketing Authorisation was issued on 17 November 2014 for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C in adults.

4530 - Pancreatic Cancer: Research (Answered)

Nick Thomas-Symonds
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with Health Ministers in the devolved administrations on increasing research into pancreatic cancer across the UK.

George Freeman

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health has had no such discussions.

Expenditure by the Department’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) on cancer research is shown in the following table.

£ million

2010/11

2011/12

2012/13

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