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Asked for further details about the NHS continuing care statement the PMOS said that it was issuing national standards for continuing care throughout the country to address what was known as the "postcode lottery". People should talk to the Department of Health for further details.

Asked if there was any timing about the restructuring of Scottish regiments the PMOS said that he did not have any details but that it would not be this week.

Asked if the Prime Minister and Austrian Federal Chancellor discussed Turkey’s entry into the European Union the PMOS said that they discussed a whole range of EU issues and as well as looking ahead to the EU summit next week.

Asked about the Shipman inquiry response the PMOS said that John Reid had welcomed the fifth report into the Shipman Inquiry and would consider the recommendations and respond in due course. In terms of the fourth report we accepted the great majority of the recommendations and for the remainder we would take forward the proposals by alternative action. For further detail people should contact the Department of Health.

Asked if the Prime Minister supported the proposals outlined this morning for Civil Service Pensions Reform and plans for other public servant’s pensions the PMOS said that for the detail people should speak to the Cabinet Office but in terms of the particular paper it was important to remember that it was a consultation document and that consultation would run until March. As Ruth Kelly had said this morning on the radio what we were interested in was listening but what we also wanted was a system that was fairer to the Civil Service as a whole.

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