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Written Assembly Questions tabled on 17 July 2017 for answer on 24 July 2017

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Written Questions must be tabled at least five working days before they are to be answered. In practice, Ministers aim to answer within seven/eight days but are not bound to do so. Answers are published in the language in which they are provided, with a translation into English of responses provided in Welsh.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

 

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Following the Cabinet Secretary's letter dated 26 April 2017 setting out which proposed railway stations will be taken forward as priorities for stage two assessment, when will it be confirmed whether the proposed Cokett and Landore stations have passed stage two or not? (WAQ73902)

Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure (Ken Skates): We will report on the outcome of the next stage of work later in the Autumn.

To ask the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Will the Cabinet Secretary outline the reasons why the Welsh Blood Service does not currently permit for blood to be passed from them to Blood Bikes Wales for delivery? (WAQ73899)

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): What other requirements must Blood Bikes Wales fulfill to be able to deliver blood on behalf of the Welsh Blood Service given that they have worked extensively with NHS Wales and fulfilled all training they believe to be required? (WAQ73900)

Answer to follow.

Answer received on 27 July 2017

The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport (Vaughan Gething): I recognise that volunteers play an important role in supporting the delivery of public services throughout Wales, including health. However, any decision about local arrangements rightly lies with individual NHS organisations and it would not be appropriate for me to intervene. However the transportation of blood must meet, amongst other things, the regulatory requirements of the UK Blood Safety and Quality Regulations 2005 (BSQR) with compliance audits undertaken by the Medicines and Health care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). I understand the Director of the Welsh Blood Service has met with Blood Bikes Wales.

Suzy Davies (South Wales West): Following confirmation on 29 March 2017, in response to WAQ73252, that the Cabinet Secretary will issue a statement on integration and partnership working and the Intermediate Care Fund in the coming months, will the Cabinet Secretary confirm on what date this statement will be provided? (WAQ73901)

Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

The Minister for Public Health and Social Services (Rebecca Evans): I intend to issue a Ministerial Statement in October on the integration of health and social care.  This will allow me to set out the progress made by regional partnership boards, including in relation to the establishment of pooled funds for care home accommodation functions, following updates I have asked them to provide me.  That statement will also set out how boards have utilised the rebranded Integrated Care Fund.

Nathan Gill (North Wales): What is the cost to the Welsh NHS of the prescription drugs collected unused from care homes during 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 and what are the arrangements for their re-use and/or destruction? (WAQ73903)

Answer recieved on 27 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: This data is not currently recorded. The type of unused drugs may vary and will affect how their disposal is undertaken. Importantly, all prescriptions from a GP are for personal use by a specific patient and, for safety reasons, they are unsuitable for re-use.
 
Nathan Gill (North Wales): What is the cost to the Welsh NHS of uncollected prescriptions during 2015-2016 and 2016-2017? (WAQ73904)
 
Answer recieved on 27 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: There is no cost to NHS Wales. Dispensing contractors are only reimbursed for prescriptions dispensed to patients.
  
Nathan Gill (North Wales): How many prescriptions have been issued for a) ibuprofen and b) paracetamol based pain relief tablets during the financial years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017? (WAQ73905)
 
Answer recieved on 21 July 2017

Vaughan Gething: The table below shows the number of prescriptions per calendar year.  The figures represent prescriptions for tablets and capsules only and where paracetamol or ibuprofen is the primary or sole active ingredient.
 

Number of prescriptions
Medicine20152016
Ibuprofen1,348,0301,305,426
Paracetamol379,204327,829

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