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Ambulance Service

(Tees, East and North Yorkshire)

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proposals he has made to TENYAS for additional funding to enable it to meet the ORCON standards. [130423]

Ms Stuart: On 16 May 2000 we announced an additional £21 million to achieve ORCON standards, of which the Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust (TENYAS) received £720,390.


Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the maximum safe level is of glyphosates for daily intake, per kilogram of body weight per day. [131005]

Ms Quin [holding answer 17 July 2000]: I have been asked to reply.

The World Health Organisation has established an Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) for glyphosate of a maximum of 0.3 milligrams per kilogram of body weight. The ADI is the amount of a chemical which can be consumed every day of an individual's entire lifetime in the practical certainty, on the basis of all known facts, that no harm will result.


Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many persons suffered from the E.coli bacterium during the most recent 12 months for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the trends in the frequency of such outbreaks. [131419]

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Ms Stuart: Provisional figures indicate there were 1,084 confirmed isolations of verocytotoxin-producing "E.coli" O157 (VTEC O157) from humans in England and Wales in 1999.

There has been a rising trend in laboratory reports of VTEC O157 from humans in England and Wales during the 1990s.


Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the consultation process for his draft orders on regulation of midwives and other professions will commence. [131313]

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the timescale for consulting with the Stakeholder Reference Group on midwifery regulations. [130817]

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress the Government are making on consultation prior to introducing legislation required for the regulation of midwives and midwifery. [131308]

Mr. Denham: Consultation on the new legislation will begin shortly.

NHS Contracts

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS contracts, with their annual value, undertaken by private sector companies for the provision of goods and services for the financial years (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000. [131156]

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

PFI Contracts

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer to my hon. Friend the Member for North Devon (Mr. Harvey) of 3 July 2000, Official Report, column 46W, which major private finance initiative new hospital scheme has had a penalty clause invoked; what the nature of the breach of contract was; and what the penalty was under that clause. [130840]

Mr. Denham: The only instance to date of a penalty clause being invoked on a new major private finance initiative hospital scheme has been for the failure of the electrical power supply system at South Buckinghamshire National Health Service Trust. The exact value of the penalty has yet to be finalised.

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) acute and (b) immediate case beds are included in hospital projects currently being pursued under the PFI in (i) the outline business case and (ii) the final contract. [131347]

Mr. Denham: Figures for bed numbers are provided for all the major private finance initiative hospital schemes (capital value £25 million or over) which have a

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signed final contract. 'Acute' beds is interpreted as meaning all staffed in-patient beds excluding day case beds. In addition to providing the indicative requirement

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as identified in the outline business case and those to be provided under the PFI solution we have also provided the current number of staffed in-patient beds.

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TrustCurrent number of in-patient bedsNumber of in-patient beds proposed in the OBCNumber of in-patient beds in PFI scheme
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust453400402
Carlisle Hospitals NHS Trust(1)--474444
South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust550537537
Norfolk and Norwich NHS Trust955809953
North Durham Health Care NHS Trust544565476
Greenwich Healthcare NHS Trust588621571
Calderdale Healthcare NHS Trust704569569
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust882881910
Bromley Healthcare NHS Trust621540525
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust437406426
Worcester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust483390474
Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust379340340
South Durham Healthcare NHS Trust334304304
South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Trust1,0339551,010
Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust540516463
King's Healthcare NHS Trust903895902
St. George's Hospital NHS Trust1,0261,0171,050
University College London Hospitals NHS Trust (UCLH)660619664

(1) New PFI hospital now fully open

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All of these schemes apart from UCLH reached financial close before the publication of the National Beds Inquiry (NBI) report. NHS trusts and health authorities were not required to specifically identify intermediate care bed provision as part of their service planning strategies.

UCLH revised its general and acute bed numbers in the light of the NBI report. Also following from the NBI report, all PFI and publicly funded hospital schemes under construction and which involve reductions in bed numbers have been instructed to ensure that parallel plans, for example for expanding intermediate care, should be established as quickly as possible.

Muslim Patients

Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy on caring for Muslim patients. [130949]

Yvette Cooper: The Department's strategy for meeting the needs of minority ethnic communities, including Muslims, is to mainstream race equality issues into all aspects of its work, including policy development, NHS and social care service delivery and workforce issues. This approach was set out in the race equality agenda of the Department, published in January, and copies have been placed in the Library.

Primary Care Groups and Trusts

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the reasons for setting up (a) primary care groups and (b) primary care trusts; and what estimate he has made of the overall impact of the establishment of groups and trusts on the numbers employed in the administration of the Health Service. [131306]

Mr. Denham: Primary care groups and trusts are already making real differences to the way services are being provided to benefit patients across the country.

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They have begun to integrate the delivery of primary and community services and have started to build real partnerships with social services.

That is why they are a key part of our programme for improving care, through empowering clinicians to deliver accessible, convenient local services for patients.

In September 1999 the numbers employed in administration and estates in the health service was 204,620 (an increase of 3 per cent.). It is estimated that the real terms savings in year on total National Health Service management costs for the financial year 1998-99 were in excess of £65 million.

Drug Addiction

Mrs. Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the number of places currently available for in-patient treatment for drug addiction in each county in England. [131315]

Ms Stuart: The information requested is not collected centrally. The number of hospital admissions in 1998-99 of National Health Service and private patients for diagnoses relating to drug misuse are shown in the table, by health authority of treatment. The data do not include treatment in private hospitals.

Number of drug addiction related admissions to NHS hospitals of NHS and private patients by health authority of treatment,
England 1998-99

Health authorityNumber of admissions
QA2 Hillingdon 43
QA3 Kensington Chelsea and Westminster134
QA4 Enfield and Haringey 60
QA5 Redbridge and Waltham Forest 80
QA6 Bedfordshire 40
QA7 Berkshire 42
QA8 Buckinghamshire 39
QA9 Cambridge and Huntingdon 187
QAA Bexley and Greenwich 55
QAC Bromley 455
QAD Croydon 4
QAE East Kent 44
QAF West Kent 116
QAG Kingston and Richmond 28
QAH Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham 45
QAJ Merton Sutton and Wandsworth 211
QAK East Surrey 29
QAL West Surrey 138
QAM East Sussex Brighton and Hove 150
QAN West Sussex 11
QAP Barking and Havering 29
QAQ Barnet 1
QAR Brent and Harrow 55
QAT Camden and Islington 132
QAV Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow 175
QAW East London and The City 94
QAX North Essex 90
QAY South Essex 126
QC1 South Lancashire 57
QC2 Liverpool 316
QC3 Manchester 103
QC4 Morecambe Bay 55
QC5 St. Helens and Knowsley 51
QC6 Salford and Trafford 467
QC7 Sefton 73
QC8 Stockport 17
QC9 West Pennine 134
QCA East Norfolk 97
QCC Northamptonshire 33
QCD North West Anglia 36
QCE Oxfordshire 83
QCF Suffolk 53
QCG Barnsley 253
QCH North Derbyshire 24
QCJ South Derbyshire 49
QCK Doncaster 63
QCL Leicestershire 127
QCM Lincolnshire 142
QCN North Nottingamshire 45
QCP Nottingham 253
QCQ Rotherham 118
QCR Sheffield 168
QCT Bury and Rochdale 61
QCV North Cheshire 73
QCW South Cheshire 92
QCX East Lancashire 81
QCY North West Lancashire 68
QD1 North and Mid Hampshire 38
QD2 Portsmouth and South East Hampshire 304
QD3 Southampton and South West Hampshire 44
QD4 Isle of Wight 33
QD5 Somerset 67
QD6 South and West Devon 97
QD7 Wiltshire 76
QD8 Avon 112
QD9 Birmingham 85
QDA Wigan and Bolton 111
QDC Wirral 150
QDD Bradford 51
QDE County Durham 96
QDF East Riding 37
QDG Gateshead and South Tyneside 49
QDH Leeds 68
QDJ Newcastle and North Tyneside 110
QDK North Cumbria 48
QDL South Humber 46
QDM Northumberland 53
QDN Sunderland 59
QDP Tees 222
QDQ Wakefield 61
QDR North Yorkshire 43
QDT Calderdale and Kirlees 70
QDV Cornwall and Isles of Scilly 61
QDW Dorset 186
QDX North and East Devon 97
QDY Gloucestershire 122
QEA Coventry 86
QEC Dudley 59
QED Herefordshire 3
QEE Sandwell 2
QEF Shropshire 155
QEG Solihull 11
QEH North Staffordshire 139
QEJ South Staffordshire 174
QEK Walsall 43
QEL Warwickshire 60
QEM Wolverhampton 36
QEN Worcestershire 47
QEP East and North Hertfordshire 26
QEQ West Hertfordshire 40


1. The data relate to admissions where the primary condition is shown as belonging to one of the following International Classification Diseases (ICD revision 10) diseases--Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of: opioids (F11); cannabinoids (F12), sedatives or hypnotics (F13); cocaine (F14); other stimulants, including caffeine (F15); hallucinogens (F16); volatile solvents (F18); multiple drug use and use of other psychoactive substances (F19).

2. Data in this table are grossed for both coverage and unknown/ invalid clinical data.

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