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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department is giving to health authorities and primary care groups on their strategies and expenditure with regard to asthma alleviation. [152542]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 8 March 2001]: Management of asthma takes place mainly in primary care. In addition to the general health promotion, general practitioners offer their patients more targeted care which is also provided for specific conditions through chronic disease management programmes (CDMP's). The asthma CDMP, introduced in 1993, is designed to support GPs in setting up and overseeing organised programmes of care for patients with asthma.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Hope: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what financial arrangements are being made in respect of (a) NHS trusts dissolved and (b) new NHS trusts and primary care trusts established in 2000-01. [153615]

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Mr. Milburn: Pursuant to the dissolution of 26 National Health Service trusts on 1 April 2000 and 1 October 2000, and their reconfiguration through the establishment of 10 new NHS trusts, I propose to create originating capital for the new NHS trusts equal to the net assets transferred to them and therefore to remit the outstanding debt of the dissolved trusts.

A number of primary care trusts were also established during the year. Public Dividend Capital is not required for the establishment of new primary care trusts as they are subject to a different financial regime. Net assets transferred from dissolving NHS trusts to primary care trusts are reflected in the general fund of the primary care trust.

These operations will involve no overall loss to the Exchequer. Her Majesty's Treasury has today presented a minute to the House giving particulars and circumstances of the proposed remission which it has approved in principle.

Capital Health Projects (Islington)

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list capital health projects in Islington financed by his Department since 1 May 1997 . [153114]

Mr. Denham: The information is as follows:

NHS Reporting System

Mr. David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons are for the delay in implementing the recommendation that the NHS should set up a mandatory reporting system for logging all failures, mistakes, errors and near misses in healthcare contained in the report "An Organisation with a Memory". [152896]

Mr. Denham: Work on setting up a mandatory reporting system is being very actively progressed. The original recommended timetable was reviewed as part of setting targets within the NHS Plan and a more realistic target of December 2001 was agreed and published as part of the plan in July 2000. The new system will be established by the end of 2001 and details of the implementation plan will be published in due course.

Prescription Season Tickets

Mrs. Fyfe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it his policy to allow prepayment season tickets for prescriptions to be spread over the year. [152835]

Ms Stuart: In England, we have no plans to do so. However, we recognise that some people may have difficulty in finding the fee for an annual prepayment

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certificate (PPC) in one payment, which is why we have also made PPCs available for four-monthly periods. For Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, these matters are for the devolved Administrations to consider.

Low Frequency Radio Transmissions

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what investigations he has made into the effects on health of extremely low frequency radio transmissions; and if he will made a statement. [153044]

Yvette Cooper: The Department obtains advice on potential health effects risks associated with extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields (EMF) from the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB). A report published on 6 March by the NRPB's Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation was a review of all available published work to date and provides an assessment of the potential risks of cancer from electromagnetic fields (Documents of the NRPB Volume 12, Number 1,2001). Copies are available in the Library. The board of the NRPB also published a response statement which can be found on the NRPB website:

The report states that any possible risk of childhood leukaemia relates to those exposed at relatively high levels of domestic exposure but that these are not necessarily associated with proximity to pylons or overhead power transmission lines. The conclusions indicate that the question whether exposure to electromagnetic fields can influence the development of cancer cannot at present be completely resolved. The report made a number of specific research recommendations. The NRPB consider that the report provides no additional scientific evidence to require a change in the guidelines to limit exposure to extremely low frequency EMF.

The Department will consider carefully the recommendations of the NRPB and commission appropriate research in the light of that which is already under way. Current research includes a number of Government-funded studies in this country and support for the multinational electromagnetic fields project set up and co-ordinated by the World Health Organisation.

National Bidding Process

Mr. Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much additional capital has been allocated to the

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Trent 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. [149993]

Mr. Denham: Trent region has been allocated £23,446 million in 2000-01 from earmarked funds to support investment in Government priorities. The amount allocated to each National Health Service trust in the Trent region through the process is shown in Table A. Allocations were also made to health authorities and some primary care groups and primary care trusts.

Details of the allocations for the individual priority areas are in table B.

Table A
NHS trustTotal earmarked capital £000
Barnsley Community and Priority Services0
Barnsley District General Hospital755
Bassetlaw Hospital and Community Health Services547
Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare47
Central Sheffield University Hospitals1,692
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital879
Community Healthcare Services, North Derbyshire10
Community Health Services, Southern Derbyshire397
Community Health Sheffield0
Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare0
Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu Hospital1,104
East Midlands Ambulance Service266
King's Mill Centre for Health Care Services675
Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare62
Lincoln District Healthcare50
Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Service41
North East Lincolnshire534
Northern General Hospital1,952
Nottingham City Hospital1,487
Nottingham Community Health0
Nottingham Healthcare8
Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham University Hospital3,718
Rotherham General Hospitals929
Rotherham Priority Health Services0
Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals448
Sheffield Children's Hospital854
South Lincolnshire Healthcare0
South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service82
Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals1,509
Southern Derbyshire Mental Health0
University Hospitals of Leicester2,836
United Lincolnshire Hospitals2,016

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Table B: 2000-01 earmarked capital funding

Coronary heart disease
RevascularisationRapid access chest pain clinicsEquipmentTotalAmbulance response timesWaiting lists/timesRenalAccident and emergencyAction on cateracts
Barnsley Community and Priority Services------0----------
Barnsley District General Hospital--22--22--576------
Bassetlaw Hospital and Community Health Services--175--175--176----75
Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare------0----------
Central Sheffield University Hospitals----5050--541------
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospitals----220220--354------
Community Health Care Services, North Derbyshire------0----------
Community Health Services, Southern Derbyshire------0--350------
Community Health Sheffield------0----------
Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare------0----------
Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu----215215--414--150156
East Midlands Ambulance Service----8888178--------
King's Mill Centre for Health Care Services--224--224--177----110
Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare------0----------
Lincoln District Healthcare------0--50------
Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Service------041--------
North East Lincolnshire----1515--405------
Northern General Hospital--50604654--898335----
Nottingham City Hospital77474118966--252233----
Nottingham Community Health------0----------
Nottingham Healthcare------0--8------
Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham University Hospital--7461135--969------
Rotherham General Hospitals--405090--450--104--
Rotherham Priority Health Services------0----------
Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals----1414--179----90
Sheffield Childrens Hospital------0----------
South Lincolnshire Healthcare------0----------
South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance and Paramedic Service------082--------
Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals--155--155--729183--220
Southern Derbyshire Mental Health------0----------
The University Hospitals of Leicester5008077657--1,440251--150
United Lincolnshire Hospitals--7765142--974----184
Bassetlaw PCG------0--------10
Mansfield and District PCT------0--5----10
North East Linconlshire PCT ------0--75------
Barnsley HA----5050----------
Doncaster HA----3838----------
Leicestershire HA------0----------
Lincolnshire HA----5555----------
North Derbyshire HA----7070----------
North Nottinghamshire HA----7575----------
Nottingham HA------0----------
Rotherham HA------0----------
Sheffield HA----1919----------
South Derbyshire HA----110110----------
South Humber HA----3131----------
Trent RO total1,2749712,0254,2703019,0221,0022541,005
National total------20,0003,00090,00010,00019,85912,000

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Action on:
Pathology modernisationOutpatient long waitsNeonatal intensive careCancer CT scannersDermatologyENTT&OCateractsTotal earmarked capital
Barnsley Community and Priority Services----------------0
Barnsley District General Hospital--1241--292550--755
Bassetlaw Hospital and Community Health Services--3016--151050--547
Central Nottinghamshire Healthcare--------151022--47
Central Sheffield University Hospitals----91--4025--9451,692
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospitals----58--292550143879
Community Health Care Services, North Derbyshire----------10----10
Community Health Services, Southern Derbyshire--------151022--397
Community Health Sheffield----------------0
Doncaster and South Humber Healthcare----------------0
Doncaster Royal Infirmary and Montagu----50--292565--1,104
East Midlands Ambulance Service----------------266
King's Mill Centre for Health Care Services----45--292565--675
Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare--------152522--62
Lincoln District Healthcare----------------50
Lincolnshire Ambulance and Health Transport Service----------------41
North East Lincolnshire----24--152550--534
Northern General Hospital------------65--1,952
Nottingham City Hospital----14------22--1,487
Nottingham Community Health----------------0
Nottingham Healthcare----------------8
Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham University Hospital2,01636687--404065--3,718
Rotherham General Hospitals----40--292550141929
Rotherham Priority Health Services----------------0
Scunthorpe and Goole Hospitals--3625--292550--448
Sheffield Childrens Hospital313----494151022--854
South Lincolnshire Healthcare----------------0
South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance and Paramedic Service----------------82
Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals----88--294065--1,509
Southern Derbyshire Mental Health----------------0
The University Hospitals of Leicester--58135--404065--2,836
United Lincolnshire Hospitals----78493404065--2,016
Bassetlaw PCG----------------10
Mansfield and District PCT----------------15
North East Linconlshire PCT ----------------75
Barnsley HA----------------50
Doncaster HA----------------38
Leicestershire HA----------------0
Lincolnshire HA----------------55
North Derbyshire HA----------------70
North Nottinghamshire HA----------------75
Nottingham HA----------------0
Rotherham HA----------------0
Sheffield HA----------------19
South Derbyshire HA----------------110
South Humber HA----------------31
Trent RO total2,3295027929874534358651,22923,446
National total15,00011,0316,50030,0004,7624,7559,51110,253246,671

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