Previous Section Home Page

Mr. Hannam : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has any plans to extend section 11 of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and


Column 387

Representation) Act 1986 to include information relating to the development of community care services for people with physical and sensory disabilities ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor : Section 11 of the Act requires that an annual report be laid before Parliament containing information about the development of health and social services in the community for people with mental illness or mental handicap, and about the numbers of such people who are receiving treatment in hospital. We accepted the need to include this particular provision when the Bill was going through Parliament, but are not convinced that a similar need arises for other types of disability.

Mr. Hannam : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures his Department is taking to monitor the implementation of (a) section 5, (b) section 6 and (c) section 9 of the Disabled Persons (Services, Consultation and Representation) Act 1986 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mellor : The Department's social services inspectorate is engaged in several exercises to monitor those sections of the Act which have already been implemented. Reports will be available during 1989.

Severe Disability Premium

Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of Stae for Social Security when he expects information on the number of people receiving the severe disability premium to be available

Mr. Scott : Estimates of the number of people receiving the severe disability premium will be available with the publication of the May 1988 annual statistical inquiry in the summer of 1989.

Mr. Macdonald : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what procedures he has in place to monitor take-up of the severe disability premium.

Mr. Scott : All who are in receipt of income support and are eligible for the severe disability premium receive it automatically. It is estimated that about 7,000 claimants will receive the premium. Because the number entitled is small, no reliable statistical information will be available on which to monitor take-up.

Claimants

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what precise criteria he plans to adopt for unemployed claimants to meet a requirement that they are actively seeking work in order that they can obtain benefit.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Claimants will need to take all apropriate steps to find work. These might include answering newspaper advertisements, registering with employment agencies and contacting employers. The independent adjudicating authorities will determine each case on its merits taking account of factors such as the local labour market, the claimant's capabilities and his work experience.

Fuel Charges (Deductions)

Mr. Frank Field : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many households, at the most recent


Column 388

date for which figures are available, were having weekly deductions made from their supplementary benefit/income support for (i) electricity and (ii) gas (a) of under £2 per week and (b) in each £1 band above £2 per week up to £30 per week.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The latest figures available show that in May 1987 supplementary benefit recipients were having deductions made from their weekly benefit for electricity and gas as follows :


Band           |Electricity|Gas                    

£                                                  

---------------------------------------------------

 0.01- 2.00    |4,282      |2,538                  

 2.01- 3.00    |6,889      |2,054                  

 3.01- 4.00    |9,937      |6,312                  

 4.01- 5.00    |13,522     |7,488                  

 5.01- 6.00    |13,972     |13,155                 

 6.01- 7.00    |16,603     |14,893                 

 7.01- 8.00    |16,785     |15,293                 

 8.01- 9.00    |13,852     |17,065                 

 9.01-10.00    |11,631     |17,419                 

10.01-11.00    |10,077     |11,938                 

11.01-12.00    |8,822      |9,787                  

12.01 and over |36,588     |20,340                 

Source: Annual statistical inquiry, May 1987.      

Information is not readily available for separate £1 bands over £12.01 per week.

Social Security Reform

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish a table showing the numbers of gainers and losers in structural terms from the introduction of the Social Security Act 1988 as in "The Impact of the Reformed Structure of Income Related Benefits" broken down for Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will publish tables of the number of retirement pensioners living within South Shields who were (a) financially better off and (b) financially worse off after the introduction of new social security changes in April.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Statistically reliable estimates cannot be provided below the national level.

Irish Citizens

Mr. Allan Stewart : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what is his estimate of the number of citizens of the Republic of Ireland currently in receipt of social security benefits in England, Wales and Scotland.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information requested is not available. There is freedom of movement between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland and Irish citizens have no conditions attached to their stay in the United Kingdom.

Retirement Pensioners

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many retirement pensioners in South Shields are in receipt of housing benefit transitional payments.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The information requested is not available. However, once the majority of applications have


Column 389

been processed the transitional payments unit will be able to give details of the number of recipients in certain groups within the area of individual local authorities but not by individual constituencies.

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what was the number of retirement pensioners in South Shields who were in receipt of (a) supplementary benefit for the three months prior to April and (b) income support for the period April to July.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The constituency of South Shields is covered by the local office at South Shields but the boundaries are not conterminous.

The information for the nearest available dates is as follows :


F

                               |Nearest date|Number                   

----------------------------------------------------------------------

Supplementary benefit (people  |17 November                           

   of pensionable age)         |1987        |4,864                    

Income support (people aged 60                                        

   and over)                   |31 May 1988 |4,553                    

The source is a 100 per cent. of cases in action. These figures may,  

however, overstate the number of people receiving supplementary       

benefit. The footnote to the reply given to the hon. Member for       

Sedgefield (Mr. Blair) on 12 December 1988, at columns 455-56 refers. 

Dr. David Clark : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many retirement pensioners in South Shields were in receipt of (a) standard and certificated housing benefit for the three months preceding April, excluding the housing benefit transitional arrangements, and (b) housing benefit for the period between April and July.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I regret that the information requested is not available.

Rating Reform

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will provide an estimate of how much the reduction in the taper from 20 per cent. to 15 per cent. for the community charge will cost.


Column 390

Mr. Peter Lloyd : We estimate that, if the community charge had been fully in place throughout Great Britain during the year 1988-89, the cost of a community charge benefit scheme with a 20 per cent. taper would have been £1,635 million and the cost with a 15 per cent. taper would have been £1,750 million, a difference of £115 million. These estimates are based on the personal allowances and premiums used in the current housing benefit scheme.

Benefits

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security (1) if he will publish his Department's estimates of the level of public expenditure on the old housing benefit scheme in operation prior to April 1988 in 1988-89 and 1989-90 had the scheme been retained ; (2) if he will publish his Department's estimates of the level of public expenditure on the old family income supplement scheme in operation prior to April 1988 in 1988-89 and 1989-90 had the scheme been retained ;

(3) if he will publish his Department's estimates of the level of public expenditure on the old supplementary benefit scheme in operation prior to April 1988 in 1988-89 and 1989-90 had the scheme been retained.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : It is not possible to state what expenditure would have been had the former benefits remained in place. There have been many changes in economic conditions and in public knowledge of benefits. Expenditure would also have depended on decisions about uprating the old schemes.

Mr. Blair : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many supplementary benefit single payments were made for each of his Department's local offices in the counties of (a) Cleveland, (b) Cumbria, (c) Durham, (d) Northumberland and (e) Tyne and Wear, for the months of July, August and September, in each year from 1985-86 up to and including 1987-88.

Mr. Peter Lloyd [holding answer 12 December 1988] : The information requested is given in the table.


Column 389


Number of single payments made by DHSS local offices in (a) Cleveland, (b) Cumbria, (c) Durham, (d) Northumberland and (e) Tyne and                                                                    

Wear during the months of July, August and September 1985, 1986 and 1987                                                                                                                               

Dates:<1>          |30 July 1985     |27 August 1985   |24 September 1985|29 July 1986     |26 August 1986   |23 September 1986|28 July 1987     |25 August 1987   |22 September 1987                  

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Offices<2>                                                                                                                                                                                             

(a) Cleveland                                                                                                                                                                                          

Eston              |1,107            |840              |1,064            |1,031            |928              |918              |549              |584              |540                                

Hartlepool         |1,913            |1,210            |1,600            |1,513            |1,694            |1,028            |611              |576              |494                                

Middlesbrough      |3,042            |2,194            |2,713            |2,921            |3,175            |2,879            |1,839            |1,552            |1,139                              

Redcar             |961              |799              |940              |835              |1,127            |1,223            |548              |573              |479                                

Stockton           |2,574            |1,718            |1,989            |3,400            |3,168            |2,233            |1,072            |1,125            |884                                

(b) Cumbria                                                                                                                                                                                            

Barrow             |448              |366              |531              |378              |342              |403              |304<3>           |304<3>           |103                                

Carlisle           |514              |521              |511              |769              |667              |552              |353              |336              |273                                

Kendal             |46               |63               |67               |53               |54               |55               |44               |53               |48                                 

Penrith            |45               |51               |57               |66               |52               |53               |35               |34               |48                                 

Workington         |514              |621              |734              |448              |485              |454              |240              |266              |241                                

Whitehaven         |487              |421              |490              |565              |356              |277              |228              |217              |230                                

(c) Durham                                                                                                                                                                                             

Bishop Auckland    |1,291            |1,048            |1,252            |1,250            |914              |934              |604              |575              |537                                

Chester-le-Street  |443              |413              |564              |947              |638              |451              |392              |348              |405                                

Darlington         |1,116            |879              |1,163            |1,473            |1,013            |991              |890              |805              |878                                

Durham             |432              |431              |476              |346              |263              |325              |271              |242              |253                                

Peterlee           |467              |371              |386              |437              |425              |539              |8<4>             |318              |377                                

Seaham             |265              |300              |276              |450              |321              |206              |163              |177              |119                                

Stanley            |1,067            |920              |1,050            |944              |1,114            |879              |662              |525              |590                                

(d) Northumberland                                                                                                                                                                                     

Ashington          |512              |350              |471              |360              |290              |466              |424              |399              |339                                

Berwick            |50               |67               |89               |69               |65               |49               |61               |43               |45                                 

Blyth              |650              |540              |640              |536              |490              |614              |401              |365              |311                                

Hexham             |109              |106              |109              |127              |109              |93               |96               |53               |62                                 

(e) Tyne and Wear                                                                                                                                                                                      

Gateshead          |1,953            |1,701            |1,917            |1,581            |2,375            |1,894            |1,291            |1,193            |1,051                              

Houghton le Spring |461              |443              |580              |539              |611              |297              |329              |261              |320                                

Jarrow             |1,152            |867              |1,016            |1,536            |1,452            |1,023            |552              |591              |473                                

Newcastle on Tyne                                                                                                                                                                                      

   (St. James')    |1,920            |1,707            |1,593            |1,582            |2,058            |1,633            |893              |960              |895                                

Newcastle on Tyne                                                                                                                                                                                      

   (East)          |1,328            |1,069            |1,329            |1,130            |1,016            |1,436            |661              |538              |543                                

Newcastle on Tyne                                                                                                                                                                                      

   (West)          |1,231            |1,175            |1,428            |1,519            |1,352            |1,457            |786              |835              |644                                

North Shields      |898              |809              |978              |813              |892              |851              |479              |562              |575                                

South Shields      |1,401            |1,125            |1,349            |1,887            |1,604            |2,057            |767              |853              |721                                

Sunderland (North) |2,791            |2,428            |2,456            |2,474            |2,088            |3,261            |1,157            |1,197            |1,051                              

Sunderland (South) |1,819            |1,807            |1,428            |1,547            |1,676            |2,009            |1,034            |845              |689                                

Wallsend           |765              |666              |835              |873              |826              |746              |484              |485              |367                                

<1> The Annual Period for DHSS was from April to April and statistics were collected four weekly. For each year the total of 4 four weekly periods is given. In 1987 these ended on 28 July, 25 August 

and 22 September 1987 and corresponding periods are given for each of the other years.                                                                                                                 

<2> The Department has 33 offices within the five areas mentioned. However, the boundaries of the local offices and those of the county/administrative district are not conterminous.                  

<3> These are estimated figures. Local industrial action prevented the provision of accurate statistics.                                                                                               

<4> Because of industrial action only a few payments were made.                                                                                                                                        

Mentally Ill People

Mr. Ashdown : To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make a statement on the extent and quality of training given to his Department's staff involved in processing the claims of people with a mental illness now living in the community, whether he has any plans to extend this training ; and what is his policy on involving the voluntary bodies who represent the claimants in such training.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The Department's Local Office staff who are involved in customer service receive, as an integral part of their initial training, advice and guidance on how to deal efficiently and sympathetically with people suffering from mental illness. There are no plans to extend this initial training as it is considered to be both satisfactory and sufficient.

More detailed and specific training has been provided for social fund officers. They need to appreciate and recognise the significance of disability, the problems arising and the circumstances pertaining to that disability. To this end, 3 days of an intensive training period is given over to looking at groups of people with difficulties such as the mentally handicapped and mentally ill. Social fund officers discuss the problems of being discharged back into the community and the stigmatising of the mentally ill. They are also given information on the different types of mental illness, e.g. neuroses (anxiety disorders and phobias) and psychoses (depression, manic depression and schizophrenia), to assist them in helping with the claims of these people.

This training is at present the subject of refinement as experience of operating the fund increases.

All the Department's internal training in this area is developed with the advice and guidance of in-house professional resources. This ensures a nationwide consistency of approach which would not be possible if voluntary bodies were to be involved. The logistics of availability of external assistance on the large scale required, would also seem to preclude an alternative approach.


Column 392

HEALTH

St. Stephen's Hospital, Riverside

Mr. Robin Cook : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy not to approve any plan for closure of St. Stephen's hospital, Riverside, on a date before 1 June 1989 ; and if he will consent to the further appointment of junior doctors at the hospital.

Mr. Freeman : I refer the hon. Member to the reply by my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State to my hon. Friend the Member for Orpington (Mr. Stanbrook) today.

Riverside Health Authority

Mr. Stanbrook : To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has taken a decision on the proposals submitted to him by the North West Thames regional health authority for the re-configuration of health services in Riverside health authority ; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : After due consideration, I have today approved the Westminster and Chelsea Project, a set of proposals put forward by Riverside health authority, and endorsed by the regional health authority. The proposals by Riverside health authority include a scheme to build a new teaching hospital which will provide the most up-to-date facilities to meet the challenge of providing health care for the people of Riverside into the 21st century.

There are additional plans to build five nursing homes and two health centres in the riverside district. The project also proposes the closure of the Westminster, the Westminster Children's, the West London, and St. Mary Abbot's hospitals.

I have written today to the chairman of North West Thames regional health authority with my decision.


Column 393

Transplants

Mr. Home Robertson : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) heart, (b) cornea, (c) liver, (d) pancreas, (e) kidney and (f) lung transplants were carried out in each of the last 10 years.


Column 394

Mr. Freeman : According to information supplied by the United Kingdom transplant service, the number of transplants performed within the NHS in the United Kingdom is :


Column 393


                                 |Cadaveric Kidneys|Heart            |Heart-Lung       |Liver            |Lung             |Pancreas                           

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1978                             |849              |-                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

1979                             |842              |3                |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

1980                             |988              |25               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

1981                             |905              |24               |-                |-                |-                |-                                  

1982                             |1,033            |36               |-                |21               |-                |-                                  

1983                             |1,144            |53               |1                |20               |-                |-                                  

1984                             |1,443            |116              |10               |51               |-                |-                                  

1985                             |1,336            |137              |37               |88               |-                |10                                 

1986                             |1,493            |176              |51               |127              |3                |6                                  

1987                             |1,485            |243              |72               |172              |4                |8                                  

1988<1> 1 January to 25 November |<2>1,404         |<3>-             |<2><3>306        |<2>187           |<3>-             |<2>8                               

<1> Figures for 1988 amend those provided in a reply to a Question from my hon. Friend the Member for Newbury (Sir Michael McNair-Wilson) on 5 December at     

column 87.                                                                                                                                                     

<2> Provisional.                                                                                                                                               

<3> Heart and heart/lung and lung. Separate figures are not yet available.                                                                                     

Only a proportion of patients receiving corneal transplants are registered with United Kingdom transplant service, but it is estimated that about 1,500 are performed each year.

Consultants

Mr. Holt : To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he next proposes to alter the terms and conditions of employment of consultants.

Mr. Mellor : This is an issue we are keeping under review.


Column 394

Resources

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will state for each English regional health authority the percentage resource difference from its resource allocation working party target for each year since 1983 including an estimate for the current year.

Mr. Mellor : The information requested is given in the table. The range between regional health authorities' resource allocation working party targets has narrowed from 26 per cent. in 1977-78 to 11 per cent. in 1988-89. With the exception of North West Thames and North East Thames all regions are now within 4 per cent. of their target.


Column 393


Region            |1983-84|1984-85|1985-86|1986-87|1987-88|1988-89        

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

Northern          |-3.7   |-3.9   |-3.0   |-1.9   |-2.1   |-1.6           

Yorkshire         |-4.3   |-3.6   |-3.2   |-2.2   |-2.2   |-1.4           

Trent             |-5.0   |-4.6   |-4.9   |-3.7   |-3.2   |-2.7           

East Anglian      |-6.4   |-3.8   |-3.8   |-3.8   |-3.8   |-4.0           

North West Thames |+10.7  |+8.0   |+7.1   |+7.6   |+5.7   |+4.5           

North East Thames |+8.7   |+9.0   |+9.7   |+5.9   |+9.0   |+7.3           

South East Thames |+6.0   |+6.5   |+5.6   |+3.9   |+2.7   |+1.7           

South West Thames |+6.4   |+7.3   |+4.3   |+1.9   |+0.3   |+1.0           

Wessex            |-4.9   |-4.9   |-4.3   |-1.4   |-0.7   |-1.8           

Oxford            |0.0    |-1.5   |-2.7   |-2.0   |-1.8   |-2.6           

South Western     |-4.3   |-4.4   |-2.4   |-2.4   |-1.0   |-1.4           

West Midlands     |-3.8   |-3.9   |-4.8   |-3.9   |-2.2   |-1.3           

Mersey            |-1.5   |-1.4   |-0.1   |+0.1   |+0.2   |+1.5           

North Western     |-4.0   |-3.7   |-1.8   |-0.8   |-2.1   |-1.4           

Cervical Smears (Nottingham)

Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the current waiting time for cervical smears in the Nottingham district health authority.

Mr. Freeman : As at 1 December 1988 the average time taken for cervical smear tests to be processed after reaching the laboratory was four to five weeks.

Ethnic Minority Groupings

Mr. Marlow : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the change in numbers and percentage, with


Column 394

100 per cent. being the total United Kingdom population, of the major ethnic minority groupings in each of the last five years.

Mr. Freeman : The information requested is available only for Great Britain, ; it is not available for Northern Ireland. The estimates are based on the annual labour force survey which now covers a sample of about 60,000 households each year. The estimates for ethnic minority groups are subject to sampling error consequently, for many purposes, an average of the last three years figures is taken as the best estimate. An article recently published in "Population Trends 54" gives further details.


Column 395


Table 2 Proportions of the population by ethnic group, Great Britain                                             

                       Percentage                                                       Average                  

Ethnic group          |1983        |1984        |1985        |1986        |1987        |1985-87                  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

White                 |94.1        |94.1        |94.4        |94.2        |94.6        |94.4                     

                                                                                                                 

West Indian /Guyanese |0.9         |1.0         |1.0         |1.0         |0.9         |1.0                      

African               |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2                      

Indian                |1.5         |1.5         |1.3         |1.4         |1.4         |1.4                      

Pakistan              |0.7         |0.7         |0.7         |0.8         |0.7         |0.7                      

Bangladeshi           |0.1         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2                      

Chinese               |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2                      

Arab                  |0.1         |0.1         |0.1         |0.1         |0.1         |0.1                      

Mixed                 |0.4         |0.4         |0.4         |0.5         |0.5         |0.5                      

Other                 |0.2         |0.1         |0.2         |0.3         |0.3         |0.3                      

Not Stated            |1.6         |1.5         |1.2         |1.1         |0.9         |1.0                      

                      |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------                  

Total Population<1>   |100.0       |100.0       |100.0       |100.0       |100.0       |100.0                    

<1> Components may not add precisely to the total because of rounding.                                           


Table 2 Proportions of the population by ethnic group, Great Britain                                             

                       Percentage                                                       Average                  

Ethnic group          |1983        |1984        |1985        |1986        |1987        |1985-87                  

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

White                 |94.1        |94.1        |94.4        |94.2        |94.6        |94.4                     

                                                                                                                 

West Indian /Guyanese |0.9         |1.0         |1.0         |1.0         |0.9         |1.0                      

African               |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2                      

Indian                |1.5         |1.5         |1.3         |1.4         |1.4         |1.4                      

Pakistan              |0.7         |0.7         |0.7         |0.8         |0.7         |0.7                      

Bangladeshi           |0.1         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2                      

Chinese               |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2         |0.2                      

Arab                  |0.1         |0.1         |0.1         |0.1         |0.1         |0.1                      

Mixed                 |0.4         |0.4         |0.4         |0.5         |0.5         |0.5                      

Other                 |0.2         |0.1         |0.2         |0.3         |0.3         |0.3                      

Not Stated            |1.6         |1.5         |1.2         |1.1         |0.9         |1.0                      

                      |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------     |-------                  

Total Population<1>   |100.0       |100.0       |100.0       |100.0       |100.0       |100.0                    

<1> Components may not add precisely to the total because of rounding.                                           

Salmonella

Mr. Alan Williams : To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what date his Department first became aware of the nature of the salmonella problem giving rise to the chief medical officer's statement of 26 August ; and if he will list all public warnings or information issued on this subject since 26 August.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke : On 13 April 1988, accumulating evidence on food poisoning associated with salmonella enteritidis phage type 4 was reviewed by my Department and the public health laboratory service.

The following public warnings and information have been issued since 26 August by my Department :

2 September Letter to Chief Environmental Health

Officers of local authoroties asking them to

issue advice locally

5 September Letter to major catering and hotel

organisations with a copy of the 26 August public warning.

21 November Public warning,repeating warning on raw

eggs and giving advice about lightly

cooked eggs.

5 Decemnber Repeat public warning,adding that it was

advisable for vulnerable people to avoid

eating lightly cooked eggs.

14 December (Jointly with Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food) announcing advertisements to be placed in leading newspapers on 16-18 December.

NHS Property and Land

Mr. Meale: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to publish annualy information on the sales of National Health Servive property and land in each district health authority area.

Mr. Freeman: Information on property sales by district health authorities will be available centrally for the first time from about June of next year. Information will then be available on request.

Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the sales, with sums received by the Trent regional health authority, for the sale of National Health Service properties and land since 1979.

Mr. Mellor : The information requested is set out in the table. It excludes transactions of less than one acre or of less than £50,000. All proceeds from disposals are retained by health authorities for reinvestment in the Service.


Column 395


Trent Regional Health Authority                                                                                                       

Property and Address                                                   |Date of Sale        |Price obtained £                         

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

1979-80                                                                                                                               

 1 Former Swithland Recovery Home, Leicestershire                      |September 1979      |92,500                                   

 2 Former Seely House Convalescent Home, Skegness                      |March 1980          |90,000                                   

                                                                                                                                      

1980-81                                                                                                                               

 1 Former Hollow Meadows Hospital, Sheffield                           |January 1981        |88,273                                   

 2 Land at Bretby Hall Hospital, near Burton-on-Trent                  |September 1980      |128,900                                  

 3 Former Royal Hospital, Sheffield                                    |November 1980       |350,000                                  

 4 Thundercliffe Grange, Rotherham                                     |May 1980            |65,000                                   

 5 Former Woodlands Court Hospital, Boston                             |February 1981       |55,328                                   

 6 Ruddington Hall Hospital, Nottinghamshire                           |November 1980       |253,000                                  

 7 Former Holbrook Maternity Home, Derbyshire                          |June 1980           |130,000                                  

                                                                       |August/October                                                

 8 Branston Hall Estate, Lincolnshire-Partly sold                      |1980                |118,000                                  

                                                                                                                                      

1981-82                                                                                                                               

 1 Land at Conisborough Hospital, Conisborough                         |November 1981       |80,200                                   

 2 Land at St. John's Hospital, Lincoln                                |February 1982       |99,000                                   

 3 2 Houses and Land at Branston Hall Estate, Lincolnshire             |March 1982          |236,500                                  

 4 Bromhead Nursing Home, Nettleham Road, Lincolnshire                 |December 1981       |225,000                                  

 5 Wales Court, Kiveton, Sheffield                                     |September 1981      |123,000                                  

                                                                                                                                      

1982-83                                                                                                                               

 1 Park House, 369 Woodborough Road, Nottingham                        |June 1982           |162,000                                  

 2 The Doctors House and Land at Branston Hall Estate, Lincolnshire    |March 1983          |125,500                                  

 3 The Royal Infirmary, Sheffield                                      |September 1982      |250,000                                  

 4 The Cedars and Woodthorpe Hospitals, Nottingham                     |February 1983       |175,000                                  

 5 Albolton Hall, Nottingham                                           |May 1982            |85,100                                   

 6 Moorgate Hospital, Rotherham                                        |July 1982           |192,000                                  

 7 Parwich Hospital, Parwich, Derbyshire                               |April 1982          |115,000                                  

                                                                                                                                      

1983-84                                                                                                                               

 1 Land at Ashton Hall, Derbyshire-Lot 1                               |December 1983       |Not given                                

 2 The Women's Hospital, Nottingham                                    |June 1983           |220,000                                  

 3 The Firs Hospital, Nottingham                                       |July 1983           |212,753                                  

 4 Walborne, 222 Graham Road, Sheffield                                |February 1984       |191,000                                  

 5 Storth Oakes, 229 Graham Road, Sheffield                            |April 1984          |150,000                                  

 6 Site of the former Westdale Hospital, Nottingham                    |May 1983            |75,000                                   

 7 The Retreat Hostel, Nottingham                                      |November 1983       |51,250                                   

                                                                                                                                      

1984-85                                                                                                                               

 1. Foxby Hill Hospital, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire                    |November 1984       |70,942                                   

 2. Ashgate Maternity Home, Chesterfield, Derbyshire                   |February 1985       |170,000                                  

 3. Draycott Hospital, Derbyshire                                      |September 1984      |167,500                                  

 4. Hawthorne House, Middlewood, Sheffield                             |April 1984          |60,000                                   

 5. Mortomly Hall, Sheffield                                           |June 1984           |75,000                                   

 6. Land at Mapperley Hospital, Nottingham                             |March 1985          |587,535                                  

 7. Aughton Court Hospital, Rotherham                                  |March 1985          |191,250                                  

 8. Rosehill Hospital, Rawmarsh, Rotherham                             |October 1984        |182,000                                  

                                                                                                                                      

1985-86                                                                                                                               

 1. Markfield Hospital, Leicestershire                                 |November 1985       |346,989                                  

 2. The Nurses Home, Bretby Hall Hospital, Derbyshire                  |December 1985       |86,500                                   

 3. Debdale Hall Recovery Hospital, Nottinghamshire                    |May 1985            |152,000                                  

 4. The Lawn Hospital, Lincoln                                         |March 1986          |425,000                                  

 5. Ellen Towle Recovery Home, Leicestershire                          |January 1986        |125,500                                  

 6. Morton Hospital, Derbyshire                                        |December 1985       |110,000                                  

                                                                                                                                      

1986-87                                                                                                                               

 1. Zachary Merton Recovery Home, Leicester                            |January 1987        |195,000                                  

 2. Land at Framland Hospital, Melton Mowbray                          |April 1986          |120,000                                  

 3. The Royal Hospital, Chesterfield                                   |May 1986            |400,000                                  

 4. Alverley House, Doncaster                                          |September 1986      |150,000                                  

 5. Durley Hall Maternity Home, Derbyshire                             |February 1987       |185,000                                  

 6. Dunluce, 377 Fulwood Road, Sheffield                               |April 1986          |116,000                                  

 7. The Orchards, Makeney Hospital, Derbyshire                         |May 1986            |76,000                                   

 8. Listerdale Hospital, Wickersley, Rotherham                         |January 1987        |285,000                                  

                                                                                                                                      

1987-88                                                                                                                               

 1. Ridgway Hospital, Belper                                           |March 1988          |200,000                                  

 2. Land at Penmore Hospital Chesterfield-1st Phase                    |November 1987       |229,750                                  

 3. The Grange Children's Unit, Etwall Road, Mickleover and adjourning                                                                

land                                                                   |September 1987      |90,000                                   

 4. Rough Heanar Allotments, Kingsway Hospital, Derbyshire             |September 1987      |475,000                                  

 5. Derbyshire Hospital for Women                                      |December 1987       |403,000                                  

 6. Ilkeston General Hospital, Derbyshire                              |March 1988          |385,000                                  

 7. Francis Dixon Lodge Towers Hospital, Leicester                     |January 1988        |280,000                                  

 8. Glengate Hospital, Desford                                         |December 1988       |420,000                                  

 9. Louth and District Hospital Lincolnshire                           |August 1987         |305,000                                  

10. Coppice Hospital, Ransom Road Nottingham                           |May 1987            |450,000                                  

11. Land at rear of Fairfield House, Rotherham                         |May 1987            |340,000                                  

Mentally Ill People, Nottinghamshire

Mr. Meale : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will instruct the central Nottinghamshire district health authority to provide a list of the moneys payable to it from other health authorities for the provision of services for the mentally ill since 1987.

Mr. Freeman : It is for individual health authorities to plan local services and manage their budgets accordingly and it would be inappropriate for me to intervene in the way suggested. However, I understand that arrangements have been made to facilitate the transfer of patients from Saxondale hospital into central Nottinghamshire. I am sure that if the hon. Member contacts Mr. Teeman, the chairman of the district health authority, he will be able to obtain all available details.

Private Hospice Patients (Drugs)

Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the present arrangements for all patients in non-National


Column 400

Health Service hospices to obtain necessary drugs under the National Health Service ; and whether he has any plans to make present arrangements more effective.

Mr. Mellor : We are aware that some hospices fund current arrangements insufficiently flexible, and the scope for improvements is under consideration.

Ms. Harman : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many medical directors of the 75 independent hospices in England and Wales do not have the right to prescribe drugs and appliances under the National Health Service for patients in their care.

Mr. Mellor : We do not collect this information centrally.

Nurses (Regrading)

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff from each of the old grades have been assimilated to each of the new grades in the recent clinical grading structure in Oldham district health authority.

Mr. Mellor : The information requested is given in the table.


Column 399


The new clinical grading structure for nursing, midwifery and health visitor staff                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Numbers of old clinical grades assimilated to each of the new clinical grades on the basis of duties and responsibilities                                                                                                                                                                                                   

on 1 April 1988: Oldham                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

                                                         Numbers transferred to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

                                                         each new clinical grade                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Previous grade                |Staff in post (whole time|A                        |B                        |C                        |D                        |E                        |F                        |<1>G                     |H                        |I                                                  

                              |equivalents)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Nursing Auxiliary             |279.12                   |244.28                   |34.84                    |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Staff Nursery Nurse           |11.10                    |0.00                     |11.10                    |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Enrolled Nurse<2>             |199.91                   |-                        |-                        |107.95                   |3.00                     |88.96                    |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Enrolled District Nurse<2>    |30.25                    |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |30.25                    |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Senior Enrolled Nurse<2>      |0.00                     |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Staff Nurse<2>                |195.93                   |-                        |-                        |-                        |47.81                    |148.12                   |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Staff Midwife<2>              |40.00                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |5.00                     |35.00                    |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Deputy Sister<2>              |26.00                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |26.00                    |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Nursing Sister II<2>          |149.45                   |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |78.45                    |69.00                    |2.00                     |0.00                                               

Midwifery Sister II<2>        |70.00                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |26.00                    |44.00                    |0.00                     |0.00                                               

District Nurse (Sister II)<2> |63.45                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |62.45                    |1.00                     |0.00                                               

Nursing Sister I              |33.00                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |20.00                    |13.00                    |0.00                                               

Midwifery Sister I            |6.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |4.00                     |2.00                     |0.00                                               

Health Visitor                |51.0                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |51.00                    |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Senior Nurse 8                |1.0                      |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |1.00                                               

Senior Nurse 8 (Midwife)      |0.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Senior Nurse 7                |10.00                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |1.00                     |9.00                                               

Senior Nurse 7 (Midwife)      |1.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |1.00                                               

Clinical Teacher              |0.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Fieldwork Teacher             |14.00                    |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |7.00                     |7.00                     |0.00                                               

Practical Work Teacher        |4.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                     |4.00                     |0.00                                               

Tutor                         |0.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Tutor Midwife                 |2.00                     |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |-                        |0.00                     |2.00                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Post Basic Students                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Enrolled                      |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Staff Nurse                   |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Deputy Sister                 |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

Sister II                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                                               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Others                        |2.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |0.00                     |2.00                                               

                              |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                  |-------                                            

<1> Excludes some additional "G" posts which health authorities have indicated they intend to create in future on existing two-sister wards.                                                                                                                                                                                

<2> Excludes Post Basic Students.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Mr. Snape : To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff from each of the old grades have been assimilated to each of the new grades in the recent clinical grading structure in Sandwell district health authority.


Column 402

Mr. Mellor : The information requested is given in the table.


Next Section

  Home Page