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Cobham Cottage Hospital

Mr. Ian Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will increase the level of resources for Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust in respect of services at Cobham Cottage Hospital. [128463]

Yvette Cooper: The distribution of resources among the units of a National Health Service Trust is not properly a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State, but is decided instead by the trust itself in conjunction with its commissioning health authorities on behalf of the residents of the area. It is for East Surrey health authority and Mid Surrey Primary Care Group in liaison with Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust to establish the correct level of funding for local services taking a range of health service priorities into account. Discussions around funding this year were concluded recently as part of the negotiations on the service and financial framework.

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Dorset Health Authority

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what additional funds have been made available to NHS trusts in Dorset in the current financial year to deal with administration costs. [128640]

Ms Stuart: The Department does not allocate specific funds to meet National Health Service trusts' administration costs. These are met from within the general allocations to health authorities. Dorset Health Authority's allocation for 2000-01 is £487.3 million, a real terms increase of £25.5 million (5.66 per cent.).

We firmly believe that the NHS needs a sufficient number of good managers to run services efficiently and effectively. Good management is essential to ensure that money is spent prudently on the NHS in order to secure maximum improvements in healthcare. However, we are determined to target wasteful and inefficient practice so that more money is spent on improving health and healthcare services.

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many surgical procedures he estimates the private health care sector will carry out for the Dorset Health Authority in 2000-01. [128632]

Ms Stuart: This information requested is not collected centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact Major General Richard Keightley CB, Chairman of Dorset Health Authority, for information on this matter.

Source Informatics

Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reason he withdrew his Department's application to the House of Lords in its case against Source Informatics. [129017]

Ms Stuart: We have concluded that it would not be in the public interest to pursue this litigation further.

Departmental Vehicles

Mr. Pearson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for his Department and its agencies the approved list of manufacturers of (a) cars and (b) commercial vehicles; and if he will make a statement on his Department's leasing and purchasing policy. [128989]

Ms Stuart: The Department and the agencies of the Department do not obtain cars or commercial vehicles from an approved list of manufacturers. The Department does not currently purchase vehicles but has a contract for the supply of lease cars. Drivers are free to lease the car of their choice, within the parameters laid down by the Department for the operation of the lease car scheme.

Patient Waiting Times

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffered from conditions that became inoperable in the time between diagnosis and treatment in each year since 1990. [128698]

Mr. Denham: The information requested is not available centrally.

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Organ Donor Card Scheme

Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the organ donor card scheme; and if he will make a statement; [128898]

Mr. Denham: This information requested is not available centrally.

Our current organ donation campaign, launched in 1998, is ongoing. It encourages people to join the National Health Service organ donor register, carry the donor card and, most importantly, discuss their wishes with their friends and family.

Cancer Facilities (Merseyside)

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on investment in cancer facilities in Merseyside. [129222]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 5 July 2000]: Cancer services in Merseyside and Cheshire are being developed as a network of cancer units linked to the Oncology Centre at Clatterbridge Hospital on the Wirral. This is in line with the Calman-Hine report on cancer services and the emerging recommendations of the National Cancer Director, Professor Mike Richards.

Merseyside and Cheshire have received £3.5 million from the New Opportunities Fund to invest in cancer services. In addition to this, local health authorities have received identifiable shares of the £9 million national gynaecological cancer moneys and, within their general allocations, a pro-rata share of £30 million made available nationally to improve access to cancer services.

NHS Dentistry (Yeovil)

Paddy Ashdown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve access to NHS dentistry in the Yeovil constituency; and if he will make a statement. [128788]

Mr. Hutton: We have already made good progress towards improving access to dental services in Yeovil, Somerset. Investing in dentistry grants amounting to nearly £200,000 have been paid to dentists in the Somerset Health Authority area in return for promises of up to 17,000 new National Health Service registrations. The NHS Executive is also working with Somerset Health Authority and East Somerset NHS Trust on plans for a dental access centre. The centre would be based on a network of clinic sites, including one in Yeovil. Access centres provide a full range of NHS dental treatment, routine and urgent, to people who are not registered with a dentist.

The NHS Executive wrote on 16 May to all health authority chief executives and regional dental advisers asking them to tell us whether more needs to be done to improve NHS dentistry in their locality and inviting ideas for potential funding.

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Further initiatives to improve access to services will form part of our plans for modernising NHS dentistry, which will be published this summer in conjunction with the National Plan for the New NHS.

NHS Funding (Bury and Rochdale)

Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what has been the total increase in revenue and capital budgets to (a) Bury and Rochdale health authority and (b) Bury NHS Health Care Trust for each financial year since 1995-96. [128003]

Mr. Denham: Health authorities have existed in their current form only since 1 April 1996. Therefore the cash increase for Bury and Rochdale health authority since 1996-97 is as follows:

£ million

(14) Allocations for 1999-2000 are not comparable with those for 1996-97 to 1998-99 which cover hospital and community health services only. 1999-2000 is the first year of unified allocations which cover hospital and community health services, prescribing and general practice infrastructure.

(15) Includes an element of the extra £660 million announced by the Secretary of State on 28 March 2000.

Capital budget for Bury and Rochdale health authority


Increase in the total revenue income for the Bury Health Care NHS Trust from 1995-96 to 1998-99

£ million
1995-96 to 1996-970.170
1996-97 to 1997-981.6
1997-98 to 1998-994.4


The data to provide the increase for 1998-99 to 1999-2000 are not yet available

Capital budget for the trust




Mrs. Golding: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what steps she is taking to develop cross-departmental child well-being indicators to help

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monitor child outcomes and set policy goals on child well-being. [128998]

Mr. Bayley: I have been asked to reply.

We have pledged to halve child poverty in 10 years and eradicate it over 20.

"Opportunity for All" sets out 13 cross-departmental indicators referring to children and young people that will monitor the success of these and other policy priorities. The indicators are outcome focused and capture a number of aspects of well-being: income, health, education, housing and fuel poverty. It also contains a range of policy milestones, which we will use to monitor our progress in tackling child poverty.

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