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Mr. Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Eccles constituency, the effects on Eccles of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. 
Mr. Denham: Detailed information on the impact of Department policies nationally is set out in the Department's annual reports. A copy of the most recent report "Department of Health--Government Expenditure Plans 2000-2001" is available in the Library and on the Department of Health website at www.doh.gov.uk/ dhreport.
|£ million (cash)||95.0|
|£ million (real terms)||60.0|
|Percentage (real terms)||21.8|
Increases for 1999-2000 onwards are for unified allocations which cover hospital and community health services, prescribing and discretionary family health services. Those for previous years cover hospital and community health services only.
Salford and Trafford health authority has also received additional funding for certain policies. This includes: £1.35 million for accident and emergency modernisation between 1997-98 and 2000-01; £35,000, £155,000, £259,000 and £191,000 for improving cancer services (breast, colorectal, lung and cancer outpatients) in 1997-98, 1998-99, 1999-2000 and 2000-01 respectively; £3.1 million recurrently in 1999-2000 and £2.6 million recurrently in 2000-01 to reduce waiting lists and times; £70,000 in 1997-98, £3.7 million in 1998-99, £214,000 in 1999-2000 and £172,000 in 2000-01 non-recurrently to reduce waiting times and lists; £1.1 million to expand critical care services in 2000/01; £1 million in 1997-98, £1.7 million in 1998-99, and £2.2 million in 2000-01 to deal with winter pressures; £0.8 million in 2000-01 and £0.9 million in 2001-02 for developing intermediate care services; £165,000 was allocated for earmarked additional heart disease services in 2000-01. For 2001-02, the authority plans to spend an additional £1.8 million on heart disease services, including drugs, from the real terms funding increase highlighted above; £46,700 was made available through investing in dentistry grants. £574,000 has been allocated for additional expenditure in the personal dental service in 2000-01. A further £110,900 has been paid to dentists to reward their commitment to the general dental service.
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|Special Transitional Grant(80)||2,183||--||--||--|
|MH Core grant||398||478||552||(83)652|
|Training Support Grant||313||335||336||(83)333|
(80) The special transitional grant ended in 1998-99.
(81) The partnership and prevention grants have been combined in 2001-02 and called the promoting independence grant.
(82) The carers' and children's grants were introduced in 1999-2000.
(83) Indicative allocation.
Mr. Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS vacancies there were for (a) doctors, (b) health visitors, (c) professions allied to medicine and (d) nurses and midwives; and how many such posts in each category have been vacant for three months in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Denham: Regional specialised commissioning groups comprised of representatives from health authorities, National Health Service acute trusts and regional offices and increasingly primary care trusts meet quarterly and ensure the effective commissioning of specialised services for particular locales. NHS trusts and health authorities draw up service agreements covering specific specialised services. This systematic approach facilitates equitable access to clinically effective, first class services.
Primary care trusts and health authorities are free to set up service level agreements with any secondary care provider of their choice based on discussion at local level and whom they believe provides the most appropriate services.
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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total waiting list for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital was on (a) 1 May 1997 and (b) on the latest date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Yvette Cooper: In 1997 waiting list data were collected quarterly, rather than monthly, and therefore figures for May 1997 are not available. The table shows the in-patient waiting list figures for the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital National Health Service Trust, for March 1997 and the most recent available figures (February 2001).
|Date||Patients on waiting list|
KH07 quarterly return/monthly waiting times returns.
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Ms Stuart [holding answer sent 23 March 2001]: The number of consignments of imported beef found to contain carcases with specified risk material still attached, and the number of carcases involved, in each of the last 12 months is set out in the table.
|Month||Number of consignments||Number of carcases|
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in respect of each primary care trust in the Dorset health authority area how many (a) applied for, (b) were shortlisted and (c) were appointed for the posts of (i) Chairman and (ii) non-executive board members broken down by party of political activity indicated in each case. 
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|South and East Dorset|
|Applications received--Non-officer member||37||3||3||7||0||24|
|Shortlisted for interview--Chair||5||0||0||3||0||2|
|Shortlisted for interview--Non-officer member||25||2||1||6||0||16|
|South West Dorset|
|Applications received--Non-officer member||36||1||1||3||0||31|
|Shortlisted for interview--Chair||4||0||1||2||0||1|
|Shortlisted for interview--Non-officer member||24||0||2||1||0||21|
(84) Information about candidates considered for these appointments is no longer available as they were destroyed in an administrative error
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