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Patient Advocacy and Liaison Service

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if staff employed by the proposed Patient Advocacy and Liaison Service will be represented on the patient forums; and if he will make a statement. [134341]

Ms Stuart: Chapter 10 of the National Health Service Plan states that half the membership of Patients Fora will be randomly drawn from respondents to trusts' annual patient surveys. The other half of the membership will comprise representatives of local patient groups and voluntary organisations.

At the moment, we are conducting a major exercise to take the views of stakeholder groups nationally and locally on the specific details of how the new arrangements set out in Chapter 10 of the NHS Plan should be set up and co-ordinated in practice. Exactly how the membership of Patients Fora will be constructed, and which local patient representative group will be involved, will be resolved as part of this exercise. A clear statement on the outcome of the exercise will be given in the new year.

Domestic Violence

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many victims of domestic violence have been treated in hospitals in England and Wales in (a) 1997-98, (b) 1998-99 and (c) 1999-2000. [134749]

Mr. Denham: The table shows a count of in-patient episodes of care where the nature of injury has been specified as maltreatment by spouse or partner. The figures provided are for National Health Service Hospitals in England, for the years 1995-96 to 1998-99.

Information available on the total number of patients attending accident and emergency departments and the number of patients attending outpatient clinics for each consultant speciality. The reason patients attend accident and emergency departments or outpatient clinics is not available.

Count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) where the cause of injury is maltreatment by spouse or partner--NHS Hospitals, England--1995-96 and 1998-99



1. An FCE is defined as a period of patient care under one consultant in one health care provider. The figures do not represent the number of patients, as one person may have several episodes within the year.

2. Data in this table are adjusted for both coverage and unknown/invalid clinical data, except for 1998-99 which is not yet adjusted for shortfalls.


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.

Hospital Staff (Assaults)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related assaults on staff have taken place in hospitals in England and Wales in each of the last three years. [134750]

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Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidents of drug-related assaults on staff were recorded in each of the past three years. [134957]

Mr. Denham: The National Health Service Executive conducted a survey of violence in National Health Service trusts in England in 1998-99. The survey found that, on average, seven violent incidents were recorded each month per 1,000 staff. This is equivalent to approximately 65,000 violent incidents against NHS trust staff each year. The survey did not reveal the causes of violent incidents. This information will be held locally by individual National Health Service employers through local reporting procedures and identified through appropriate risk assessment measures. The information would be reflected in local prevention and reduction strategies. Details of the survey can be found in Health Service Circular 1999/229: 'Managing Violence, Accidents and Sickness Absence in the NHS', copies of which are available in the Library.


Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people living in the UK are receiving hospital treatment for HIV/AIDS; and if he will make statement. [134816]

Yvette Cooper: The number of people with HIV/AIDS receiving treatment within the National Health Service in England in the calendar year 1999 was 20,765, adjusted for under reporting. Information relating to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are matters for the devolved administrations.


Mr. Crausby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend fluoridation of drinking water; and if he will make a statement. [134359]

Yvette Cooper: We will be discussing the systematic review of water fluoridation produced by the University of York with representatives of the water industry. We will also be encouraging health authorities with high levels of dental decay to consider fluoridating their water as part of their overall oral health strategy. The report of the evidence review will help ensure that local decisions are based on an authoritative, readily accessible summary of research into the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation.

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Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers will be included in the Pay Review Body; and if he will make a statement. [134364]

Mr. Denham: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Erith and Thamesmead (Mr. Austin) on 23 October 2000, Official Report, columns 80-81W.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the pay levels of Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers for the next three years. [134382]

Mr. Denham: Above inflation pay increases were agreed for Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers as part of a three-year pay deal covering the years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02. For 2001-02 this deal provides for a minimum pay rise of RPIX at December 2000 plus 0.5 per cent., subject to progress on negotiations with the trade unions on proposals for modernising the National Health Service pay system. Future arrangements for determining pay and conditions of service for Medical Laboratory Scientific Officers and other NHS staff will be the subject of those negotiations.

Larval Therapy

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidelines he issues to health authorities concerning the use of maggots in larval therapy; what estimate he has made of the level of demand among GPs for maggot treatment for their patients; and if he will make a statement. [134349]

Mr. Denham: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave him on 23 October 2000, Official Report, columns 84-85W.

NHS Funding (West Midlands)

Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional capital has been allocated to the West Midlands Region as part of the national bidding process; and how much each NHS trust has obtained through that process for each national priority scheme in the current financial year. [134720]

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

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AuthorityPathology MFRenal MFAction on cataractsWaiting timesAdditional waiting timesDental access centresAmbulance response timesCHD MFNHS DirectTotal
Birmingham Heartlands968400120720298----160--2,666
Birmingham Women's Healthcare127----395----------522
Birmingham Specialist Community--------5--------5
Black Country Mental Health------------------0
Burton Hospitals------75------191--266
Birmingham Children's Hospital450----358----------808
City Hospital------75214----286--575
Coventry Healthcare------------------0
Dudley Priority Health------------------0
First Community----------626------626
Good Hope Hospital------770116----190--1,076
Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service------------83----83
Hereford Hospitals----6662------28--156
Herefordshire Community Health------------------0
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals----414391147----122--1,074
N. Staffordshire Combined Healthcare----------364--110--474
North Staffs Hospitals----23569025--------950
North Warwickshire Healthcare------------------0
Northern Birmingham Mental Health------------------0
Premier Health------------------0
R. Jones and A. Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital------250----------250
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital------200----------200
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals------312------4--316
S. Warwickshire Combined------------------0
Sandwell Healthcare----120290------75--485
Shropshire Community and Mental Health------427----55----482
Solihull Healthcare------------------0
South Warwickshire General Hospitals----201--------52--253
Southern Birmingham Mental Health------------------0
Staffordshire Ambulance Service------------------0
The Dudley Group of Hospitals----120644------20--784
The Foundation------------------0
The George Eliot Hospital----20730740----87--641
The Princess Royal Hospital------693------10--703
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals------439124----150--713
University Hospital----4001,833----------2,233
Walsall Hospitals------270340----184--794
Walsall Community Health Services------------------0
Walsgrave Hospitals--200222719------252--1,393
Warwickshire Ambulance Service------------27----27
West Midlands Ambulance Service----------6568--400533
Wolverhampton Healthcare------------------0
Worcester Acute Worcestershire Community Healthcare--635--180----------815
Supported by RO block---84---------------84
Awaiting allocation to Trusts--------------1,381--1,381

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Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the block allocation is for discretionary capital to each NHS trust in the West Midlands in the current financial year. [134719]

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

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TrustBaseline discretionary block 2000-01Non-recurring addition to block 2000-01Total discretionary block 2000-01
Birmingham Heartlands5,5251,4306,955
Birmingham Women's Health Care1,1603001,460
Birmingham Specialist Community1,7954702,265
Black Country MH36090450
Burton Hospitals2,3256002,925
Children's Hospital1,7454502,195
City Hospital2,9757703,745
Coventry Healthcare31080390
Dudley Priority Health785200985
First Community26070330
Good Hope Hospital2,0755402,615
Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service460120580
Hereford Hospitals8252101,035
Herefordshire Community Health36090450
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals2,4256303,055
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare1,5254001,925
North Staffs Hospitals5,4251,4106,835
North Warwickshire Healthcare8502201,070
Northern Birmingham Mental Health760200960
Premier Health1,2103101,520
Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital1,0602701,330
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital460120580
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals1,9004902,390
South Warwickshire Combined760200960
Sandwell Healthcare2,5256503,175
Shropshire Community and Mental Health1,3253401,665
Solihull Healthcare410110520
South Warwickshire General Hospitals1,6254202,045
Southern Birmingham Mental Health9502501,200
Staffordshire Ambulance Service8102101,020
The Dudley Group of Hospitals3,3258604,185
The Foundation360--360
The George Eliot Hospital1,4853901,875
The Princess Royal Hospital1,4103701,780
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals4,0251,0405,065
University Hospital5,4251,4106,835
Walsall Hospitals2,6256803,305
Walsall Community Health Services510130640
Walsgrave Hospitals5,4751,4206,895
Warwickshire Ambulance Service31080390
West Midlands Ambulance Service1,5604001,960
Wolverhampton Healthcare710180890
Worcester Acute3,3508704,220
Worcestershire Community Healthcare1,5504001,950

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Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the minimum and maximum times are for a business case submitted by an NHS trust in (a) the West Midlands Regional Office and (b) England and Wales to receive funding, differentiating between PFI and non-PFI schemes. [134721]

Mr. Denham: The timetables for the submission of outline business cases (and initial strategic outline cases for major schemes) are decided on a case by case basis by National Health Service Executive regional offices. If approved to test for funding options (public capital or the private finance initiative) then NHS guidance gives indicative timetables for major and non-major schemes for the preparation and approval of the full business case.

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