2796 - NHS England: Correspondence (Answered)

Greg Mulholland
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) emails and (b) letters were responded to by NHS England in (i) five or less, (ii) six to 10, (iii) 11 to 15, (iv) 16 to 20, (v) 21 to 25, (vi) 26 to 30, (vii) 31 to 35, (viii) 36 to 40, (ix) 41 to 45, (x) 46 to 50, (xi) 51 to 55, (xii) 56 to 60 and (xiii) more than 60 working days in each of the last five years.

George Freeman

900646 - Regional Planning and Development: North of England (Answered)

James Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what recent steps he has taken to promote regional growth and create a Northern Powerhouse.

George Freeman

Rebalancing the economy by creating a Northern Powerhouse is part of our long-term economic plan, to pool its strengths and become greater than the sum of its parts. This could add £44bn to the Northern Economy by 2030, or £1,600 per person living there -in real terms. Our £20 million investment in Health North will make a valuable contribution to these efforts.

3297 - Mental Health Services: Expenditure (Answered)

Dr Poulter
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds his Department has provided for mental health research (a) in cash terms, (b) in real terms and (c) as a proportion of the total research and development budget in each year since 2000.

George Freeman

Mental health research spend data is not available for 2000/01 and 2001/02.

Estimated spend on mental health from research and development (R&D) allocations to National Health Service organisations in the period from 2002/03 to 2004/05 is shown in the following table.

3084 - Congenital Abnormalities: Research (Answered)

Alison McGovern
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of planned Government-funded spending on research into Patau and Edwards Syndrome in each of the next five years.

George Freeman

2453 - Social Services: Finance (Answered)

Neil Coyle
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services annual budget survey, published on 4 June 2015, if he will make an assessment of the potential cost to the NHS of planned savings in the budgets held by those directors not being met.

George Freeman

2558 - NHS: Crimes of Violence (Answered)

Dr Poulter
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assaults there were on NHS staff in (a) Central Suffolk and North Ipswich constituency, (b) the NHS East Anglia area and (c) the UK in (i) 2013-14 and (ii) 2014-15.

George Freeman

The information is not held centrally in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

NHS Protect collates figures annually on reported physical assaults on National Health Service staff in England.

3257 - Sub Post Offices (Answered)

Mr Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what representations his Department has received from current and former sub-postmasters on the performance of the Post Office sub-postmaster mediation scheme; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

2711 - Transvaginal Mesh Implants: Surgery (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to promote the availability of sacrohysteropexy as an alternative to hysterectomy in the NHS.

George Freeman

In January 2009, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published an interventional procedure guidance (IPG282) on the insertion of mesh uterine suspension sling (including sacrohysteropexy) for uterine prolapse repair.

3258 - Sub Post Offices (Answered)

Mr Jim Cunningham
To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the Post Office sub-postmaster mediation scheme; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

Post Office Limited’s Complaint Review and Mediation Scheme was set up in 2013 to consider cases from current and former subpostmasters relating to the Post Office Horizon IT system. This is an operational matter for Post Office Limited and the Scheme has been set up to be independent of Government.

3075 - Everolimus: Finance (Answered)

Dan Jarvis
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to provide funding for everolimus.

George Freeman

It is for National Health Service commissioners to make funding decisions on individual treatments taking into account guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) where available. Cancer drugs that are not routinely funded by the NHS may be available through the Cancer Drugs Fund.

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