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Sir Archie Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reason the consultation being carried out by the Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust recommends a significant transfer of facilities away from Epsom to St. Helier; 
Mr. Denham: The discussion document published by Epsom and St. Helier national health service trust considers ways in which patient services could best be provided for local people. It takes into account Royal College guidelines on the required critical mass of services for these to be provided and also the need to use the accommodation at Epsom hospital to the best advantage of patients.
This is an informal discussion document. Should concrete proposals be developed, there would be a full and formal consultation with all affected parties, including local people and other NHS organisations.
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Sir Archie Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy that only accident and emergency departments that are on the same hospital site as in-patient paediatric facilities should accept children. 
Ms Stuart: No. It remains appropriate for accident and emergency departments to offer initial assessment of health status and the options available to achieve best outcome including, if appropriate, transfer to a specialist unit on another site.
Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what were the total amounts paid out by (a) NHS trusts and (b) health authorities in response to negligence claims in each of the last 10 years; if he will break down the amounts by region; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Stuart [holding answer 1 February 2001]: We do not collect centrally information on clinical negligence payments by national health service trusts or health authorities. The National Audit Office report on the NHS summarised accounts shows that health authorities and NHS trusts charged the following amounts to their income and expenditure accounts for each year:
Figures for 1999-2000 are not yet available.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he intends to publish the findings of the independent United Kingdom-wide evaluation of complaints; and what action he will take on the results of the evaluation. 
Ms Stuart: The evaluation team's report is expected to be submitted by the end of this month. It will be published as soon as possible once we have given proper consideration to the findings. The NHS plan made it clear that we will act on the results of the evaluation and without prejudicing the evaluation we would expect the reform of the complaints procedure to result in a more independent and responsive system.
Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the conclusions of his Department's working group reviewing the reimbursement arrangements for the expenses incurred by NHS staff on NHS business. 
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Mr. Denham: Health authority allocations for 2001-02 are shown in the table. Final decisions have not yet been made for 2002-03 and 2003-04 but all health authorities will receive a minimum increase of 6 per cent.
|Health authority||Total allocation 2001-02||1/20th of total allocation|
|Barking and Havering||303,878||15,194|
|Bexley and Greenwich||344,220||17,211|
|Brent and Harrow||370,079||18,504|
|Bury and Rochdale||297,767||14,888|
|Calderdale and Kirklees||436,633||21,832|
|Camden and Islington||394,935||19,747|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly||372,185||18,609|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow||579,510||28,976|
|East and North Hertfordshire||347,662||17,383|
|East London and The City||596,445||29,822|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||594,506||29,725|
|Enfield and Haringey||386,293||19,315|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside||299,716||14,986|
|Isle of Wight||108,298||5,415|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||359,721||17,986|
|Kingston and Richmond||255,761||12,788|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham||692,785||34,639|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth||496,841||24,842|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||394,414||19,721|
|North and East Devon||353,859||17,693|
|North and Mid Hampshire||345,415||17,271|
|North West Lancashire||381,457||19,073|
|Portsmouth and South East Hampshire||396,100||19,805|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest||350,051||17,503|
|Salford and Trafford||366,383||18,319|
|South and West Devon||451,040||22,552|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire||388,537||19,427|
|St. Helen's and Knowsley||278,798||13,940|
|Wigan and Bolton||444,786||22,239|
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Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change in charging policy will be brought about by the transfer of local authority health related functions to the care trusts proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill. 
Mr. Hutton: There will be no change in the arrangements for any charging policy which affects services which are delegated to a care trust as proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill. The policy decisions on charging that a local authority can make will continue to be taken by the local authority, and will relate to their delegated functions only.
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for operations and (b) waiting list for an out-patient's appointment at the Worcestershire NHS Acute Trust in each month from January 2000 to January 2001. 
The trust had planned for and achieved a decrease in both its in-patient and out-patient waiting lists for end of October. It is inevitable that waiting lists would rise due to the evacuation of patients from the Castle street site of Worcester Royal infirmary due to the heavy flooding.
|Month||Total inpatient waiting list|
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