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Eye Tests

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in Sefton over the age of 65 years had their eyes tested in each year between 1995 and 1998. [94590]

Mr. Hutton: From information obtained on the age of patients from an annual, national sample survey of opticians' workload, we estimate that the following numbers of sight tests were carried out among the 54,400 people aged over 65 who we estimate are resident in Sefton.

Number of sight tests

Trust Funding

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding over and above base budgets

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was received by Fazakerley Trust and Southport and Ormskirk Trust hospitals in each year from 1992 to 1999; and what specific projects were so funded. [94589]

Mr. Denham: The table gives details of the funding above base budgets and the projects funded for Aintree Hospitals National Health Service Trust (including Fazakerley Hospital), the former West Lancashire NHS

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Trust (acute services only) and the former Southport and Formby NHS Trust for each year from 1992-93 to 1998-99.

The information provided is not kept centrally and was obtained from Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust and Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust. Further details may be obtained from the trusts if required.

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Developments funded above base budgets 1992/93-1997/98 for Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust and the predecessor NHS Trusts of Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust
C.P.N. Posts--Mental Health4646------------
Community M.H. Team160----100----60--
Link Nursing--Mental Health101----101--------
Stoddart Nursing--Mental Health100------100------
Primary Care Team--Mental Health136------136------
Liverpool Investment--Mental Health385------385------
Mental Health Intensive Care and Security230----------230--
Mental Health Intensive Home Support186----------11571
EMI Consultant--Mental Health165----------14223
New Community Mental Health Team (Sefton)60------------60
Activity Workers (Stoddart House)--Mental Health59------------59
All Other Mental Health Service Developments307------691044886
Open Access63--63----------
A.E.D. Nursing57------57------
A.E.D. Physician65------65------
Anaesthetic Task Force62------62------
3rd Consultant62------62------
Cardiac Rehabilitation85------85------
3rd M.R.I. Session40------40------
Chair in Rehabilitation67------67------
Consultant Rheumatologist156------51105----
High Dependency Unit761--------41031437
Final H.A. Pick-up of Palliative Care Nursing53----------53--
Palliative Care Consultant58----------58--
Vascular Surgeon88----------88--
All Other Service Developments74915--2212508614631
Waiting List Initiatives1,645397--15177--1,020--
Additional Activity1,672------1,058--614--
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust
Former West Lancashire NHS Trust
Resource Management Initiative674225309100------40
Activity increase30252----250------
Waiting List Initiative309--309294306123143313
Obstetric and Gynaecologist consultant60--60----------
A&E Consultant60--60----------
CT Scanner costs140----140--------
Consultant Gastroenterologist62----62--------
Winter Pressures/Emergency Medical Admissions694----923790185290
Consultant Dermatologist57----57--------
Consultant Haematologist57----57--------
Cardiology Out-Patients44--------44----
All Other Service Developments--263013912031101
Former Southport and Formby NHS Trust
Waiting List3,215481722199398100465850
Winter Pressures637--2060269798336
Spinal Injuries40--40----------
MRI Scanning84--84----------
Emergency Medical Admissions150------------150
Consultant Microbiology40------------40
All Other Service Developments404--16611563----60

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Young Disabled People

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to collect information on the long-term care needs of younger disabled people. [93829]

Mr. Hutton: The Department has recently introduced a new collection--the Resources, Assessment and Packages of Care (RAP) Project--which will provide information on the numbers of disabled people aged 18-64 assessed by social services and the services identified as being required to meet their needs as a result of the assessment. The data are not broken down further by age. The report of the first "Dress Rehearsal" for the RAP Project has just been published. Copies are available in the Library.

The Department also collects information on the numbers of younger disabled people in residential or nursing care and the residential and nursing care market provision. Information is also available on the numbers of younger disabled people who receive different forms of day and domiciliary care. Again, this information is available for the 18-64 age group, but it is not possible to break these figures down further by age.

NHS Direct

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how NHS Direct will be funded once the pilot funding has been discontinued; and if he will make a statement; [94892]

Ms Stuart: NHS Direct is currently funded through a central budget. The National Health Service Executive Headquarters and NHS Executive Regional Offices will continue to have budgetary responsibilities for NHS Direct for the foreseeable future.

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