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Departmental Policies (Eccles)

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. [157283]

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 dhreport.

The impact of policies are not examined by constituency and statistics collected centrally by the Department are not collected on a constituency basis.

My hon. Friend's constituency falls within the geographical area covered by Salford and Trafford health authority and Salford and Trafford social services authorities.

Increases in allocations between 1996-97 and 2001-02 for Salford and Trafford health authority are shown in the table.

Increases in allocations between 1996-97 and 2001-02

£ million (cash)95.0
£ million (real terms)60.0
Percentage (cash)37.5
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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In addition, my hon. Friend's constituents will benefit from the £114 million redevelopment of the Hope hospital.

Salford local authority's personal social services standard spending assessment for 2001-02 compared with 1996-97 is set out in the table.

Percentage increase
£ millionRealCash

In addition to the SSAs referred to, Salford local authority received additional funding in the form of a number of special and specific grants as set out in the table.


Special Transitional Grant(80)2,183------
Partnership grant(81)--1,5441,303 1,753
Prevention grant(81)--113167
Carers grant(82)--112282390
Children's grant(82)--4266691,722
MH Core grant398478552(83)652
Training Support Grant313335336(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.

Staff Numbers

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. [151300]

Mr. Denham: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 26 February 2001, Official Report, columns 426-30W.

GP Referrals

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in enabling GPs to refer patients to the hospital or specialist of their choice. [153479]

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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Long-term Sickness

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many long-term sick people returned to work during the last 12 months. [153761]

Mr. Hutton: Data for long-term sick absence are not collected centrally but held at a local level by employers.

Royal Shrewsbury Hospital

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. [154703]

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).

DatePatients on waiting list
March 19974,245
February 20014,294


KH07 quarterly return/monthly waiting times returns.

Meat Imports

Mr. Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many imported carcases containing specified risk material were identified in each of the last 12 months. [155289]

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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.

MonthNumber of consignmentsNumber of carcases

Primary Care Trusts

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. [155833]

Ms Stuart [holding answer 27 March 2001]: The information requested is given in the table.

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TotalConLabLib DemOtherNone
Appointed--Non-officer member510103
North Dorset(84)
Appointed--Non-officer member300003
Poole Bay(84)
Appointed--Non-officer member310101
Poole Central(84)
Appointed--Non-officer member300003
South and East Dorset
Applications received--Chair29203024
Applications received--Non-officer member37337024
Shortlisted for interview--Chair500302
Shortlisted for interview--Non-officer member25216016
Appointed--Non-officer member401102
South West Dorset
Applications received--Chair15112011
Applications received--Non-officer member36113031
Shortlisted for interview--Chair401201
Shortlisted for interview--Non-officer member24021021
Appointed--Non-officer member500005

(84) Information about candidates considered for these appointments is no longer available as they were destroyed in an administrative error

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