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Private Finance Initiative (Hospitals)

Mr. Dobbin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list those hospitals planned to be built under the private finance initiative indicating how many projects have been completed. [107434]

Mr. Denham: A list of all 31 major private finance initiative schemes is in the table. It shows schemes that have reached financial close and work has started on site, and schemes that have been given the go-ahead and are working towards financial close. The first three major acute PFI schemes, at Carlisle, Dartford and Gravesham and South Buckinghamshire will become operational in 2000.

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Major capital schemes--approved since May 1997
£ million

PFI schemes NHSROApproximate capital
PFI schemes reached financial close with work started on site:
Dartford and Gravesham NHS TrustSE94
Carlisle Hospitals NHS TrustN&Y65
South Buckinghamshire NHS TrustSE45
Norfolk and Norwich NHS TrustEast144
North Durham Health Care NHS TrustN&Y61
Greenwich Healthcare NHS TrustLond93
Calderdale Healthcare NHS TrustN&Y65
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS TrustNW66
Bromley Healthcare NHS TrustLond118
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS TrustLond54
Worcester Royal Infirmary NHS TrustWM87
Hereford Hospitals NHS TrustWM64
South Durham Healthcare NHS TrustN&Y41
South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS TrustN&Y122
Swindon and Marlborough NHS TrustSW96
Kings Healthcare NHS TrustLond64
Total PFI schemes reached financial close with work started on site (16)1,277
PFI schemes approved but not yet started on site:
Wave 1a schemes
University College London Hospitals NHS TrustLond274
St. Georges Hospital NHS TrustLond44
Barts and The London NHS TrustLond462
Total London780
2nd wave schemes prioritised
Central Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust and Manchester Children's Hospital NHS TrustNW250
Dudley Priority Hospitals NHS TrustWM68
West Berkshire Priority Care NHS TrustSE29
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS TrustN&Y124
Walsgrave Hospitals NHS Trust and Coventry Healthcare NHS TrustWM181
West Middlesex University Hospitals NHS TrustLond33
Total 2nd wave schemes prioritised685
Total April 1998 Announcement1,465
3rd wave schemes prioritised (19)(20)
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trustN&Y125
The Radcliffe Infirmary NHS TrustSE71
Havering Hospitals NHS TrustLond148
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS TrustSE75
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Healthcare NHS TrustNW52
Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS trustTrent177
Total 3rd wave scheme prioritised648
Total PFI3,390
Publicly funded schemes:
Publicly funded schemes with work started on site
Rochdale Health Care NHS trustNW24
Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospital NHS TrustSE74
Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS TrustTrent24
Guys and St. Thomas' NHS TrustLond50
Publicly funded schemes approved but not started on site
Royal Hull Hospitals NHS TrustN&Y20
Gloucestershire Royal NHS TrustSW25
Total Publicly Funded217
Total major capital investment given go ahead3,607

(19) For schemes still in early stages of development, estimates are based on highest costed option

(20) Figures may not sum due to rounding


The capital values of PFI schemes are approximate and defined as:

Total Capital Cost to the Private Sector includes the costs of land, construction, equipment and professional fees but excludes VAT, rolled up interest and financing costs such as bank arrangement fees, bank due diligence fees, banks' lawyers fees and third party equity costs. As PFI procures a service rather than the underlying asset, capital values shown are necessarily estimates.

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Piped Oxygen

Mr. Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports he has received on the benefits of having piped oxygen in acute wards in terms of patient care and nursing staff productivity. [107417]

Ms Stuart: No central reports are available on the benefits of having piped oxygen in acute wards in terms of patient care and nursing staff productivity. Experience shows that piped oxygen is beneficial in terms of improved patient care, providing a safe, cost effective and productive service.

NHS Hospitals (Training)

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many doctors currently working in the private health sector were trained in NHS hospitals; [107432]

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Ms Stuart: Data on the source of health professionals qualifications working in the private sector are not collected centrally. However, the great majority of United Kingdom trained health professionals working in the private health sector will have received their professional education and training within or associated with the National Health Service.

Bio-medical Scientists

Mr. Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many bio-medical scientists are employed by the West Sussex Health Authority; and what is the Authority's establishment for bio-medical scientists. [107874]

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

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS):
all pathology scientists within West Sussex Health Authority, as at 30 September 1998

Total pathology scientists
Whole-time equivalent5
Numbers (headcount)5


1. "Pathology Scientists" include Biomedical Scientists, Immunologists, Clinical Cytogenetics, Chemical Pathologists, Haematologists etc.

2. "Pathology Scientists" can not be broken down in any more detail to reveal Biomedical Scientist numbers.


Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census

Breast Cancer

Ms Perham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women with suspected breast cancer waited to see a consultant for (a) two, (b) three, (c) four, (d) five, (e) six, (f) seven and (g) eight weeks in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will

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provide this information in respect of the age groups (i) under 29, (ii) 30 to 49, (iii) 50 to 64, (iv) 65 to 74, (v) 75 to 84 and (vi) 85 years and over. [105067]

Mr. Denham: The information is not available centrally in the form requested. In the three months ending 30 September 1999, 95 per cent. of patients with suspected breast cancer were seen for their first outpatient appointment within two weeks of their GP deciding they should be referred urgently and the National Health Service trust receiving the referral within 24 hours.

Community Hospital (Lymington)

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to announce a decision on the proposed private finance initiative scheme for a new community hospital for Lymington. [107264]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 31 January 2000]: Negotiations between Southampton Community Health Services National Health Service Trust and its private sector partner on the proposed private finance initiative scheme for a new community hospital for Lymington are continuing. We hope these will be completed shortly, allowing an announcement to be made shortly after.

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