The cost of in vitro fertilisation is between 2,000 and 3,000 per cycle according to Department of Health estimates. Public health minister Tessa Jowell said the estimates were based on information supplied by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the National Infertitlity Awareness Campaign.

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Hospital discharge guidance is being reviewed to see whether it needs updating or replacing as part of the government's attempts to address 'bedblocking', said health minister Alan Milburn.

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There were 686 recorded injuries to NHS staff in Wales in 1997-98, up from 569 the previous year, according to Health and Safety Executive figures released by junior environment minister Angela Eagle. So-called 'major injuries' accounted for 83 of these, up from 74 in the previous year. There were no fatalities in either year.

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The government is to publish a document in the autumn setting out proposals for the 'future role' of community pharmacy within the NHS, said Mr Milburn.

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The cost of remedying year 2000 information technology problems has been estimated by trusts and health authorities at 320m, said Mr Milburn, comprising 170m for IT and estates infrastructure and 150m as a contingency to 'deal with non-compliant equipment'.

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