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Departments: Press

Volume 460: debated on Thursday 17 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many press briefings have been held by her Department since May 2005; what the subject of each press briefing was; and whether representatives of (a) the Daily Mail, (b) the Daily Express and (c) The Daily Telegraph were invited in each case. (123124)

There have been 67 press briefings on a range of subjects since May 2005 and these are listed as follows. In each case, an operational note was sent to news organisations inviting them to the briefing. This includes representatives of The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Daily Express.

Subjects

May 2005

Heart operations

Launch of Care Record Guarantee

June 2005

Briefing by Committee of Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment

Press briefing on the launch of smoking consultation

Latest MRSA rates published

New NHS anti smoking ad campaign launched

New era for NHS ambulance services

July 2005

New statutory hygiene code and Legislative proposals for Action Health on Health Care Associated Infections In England

New statutory hygiene code and inspection regime for NHS

Chief Medical Officer publishes annual report

vCJD and blood donation

August 2005

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act

October 2005

New pay agreement for cleaners, caterers, and porters

NHS Redress Bill

Health Work and Wellbeing Strategy

Revised contingency plans for pandemic flu

Pandemic preparedness

Your Health, Your Care, Your Say

Health Bill

November 2005

Faster drugs guidance for the NHS

Proposals for a new role—Medical Care Practitioners (MCPs)

December 2005

Publication of Chief Executives Report to the NHS

Choice in the NHS

January 2006

Community health and care services white paper

February 2006

MRSA statistics

Childhood immunisation programme

Good Corporate Citizenship Self-assessment Model

March 2006

Mental health legislation

Pay Awards for NHS Staff

April 2006

New dental contract

Older people’s National Service Framework

Mental Health Nursing

Small Change Big Difference

May 2006

Reconfiguration of Primary Care Trusts and Ambulance Trusts

June 2006

Junior doctor training

National Programme for IT in the NHS

Investment in the new generation of community hospitals

Seasonal flu vaccine

July 2006

Cash boost for community hospitals

Tackling hidden waiting lists

Review of doctors’ regulation

Payment by Results

Chief Medical Officer Publishes Fifth Annual Report

August 2006

Reform plans for pathology services

September 2006

New work programme to reduce the number of ineffective treatments in the NHS

Seasonal flu vaccine

October 2006

Health Challenge England

Know Your Limits alcohol harm reduction campaign

NHS efficiency

November 2006

Sexual health campaign

Mental health bill

Future regulation of health and adult social care

New Practice Based Commissioning Guidance

GP patient survey

December 2006

NHS chief executive to set out blueprint for 2007-08

Revised law on assisted reproduction

Electronic care record

HOOK campaign

18 week target

January 2007

Seasonal flu vaccination

February 2007

GP services

Children’s and maternity services

Professional regulation white paper and response to 5th Shipman inquiry

White paper on regulation of health professionals—pharmacy aspects

New second hand smoke ad campaign

March 2007

NHS pay awards