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Local Authority Performance Indicators

Mr. Hinchliffe: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the methodology was used in determining the local authority social services departments' performance rating announced on 19 October; which social services performance assessment framework indications were used to make the judgments and how they were prioritised; when local authorities were informed of the judgments; what measurements of quality of provision were undertaken in addition to measurements of activity; and if he will make a statement. [11323]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 6 November 2001]: The methodology used to calculate the top and bottom Social Services Departments was as follows:

A council was classified as one of the best performing if it was in the top one third of councils based on the proportion of indicators banded three or higher this year and had on average three quarters or more of its indicators banded as three or higher over the past three years.

A council was classified as one of the least well performing if it was in the bottom third of councils based on the proportion of indicators banded three or higher this year and had on average 55 per cent. or less of its indicators banded as three or higher over the past three years.

Banding of the performance indicators was introduced last year to help clarify what level of performance is generally good in relation to a performance indicator. Bands range from "investigate urgently" to "very good". Band three represents a council performing at a level which is "acceptable but with possible room for improvement".

This calculation excluded the three authority based interface indicators (A5, A6 and D41) in each year; excluded indicators that were not applicable for a council in that particular year; only included indicators for which data are available for that particular year, for example data for indicators C33 and E45 are not available for 2000–01 and therefore were excluded from the calculation of the percentage for that year; and included indicators for which data were missing (and therefore awarded the lowest band).

A list of the indicators which were included in the calculation of the proportion for each year is as listed. There were 32 such indicators in 1998–99, 34 in 1999–2000 and 43 in 2000–01. None of these were prioritised—each had the same weight as all the other indicators.

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Local authorities were informed of these judgments when the data were analysed just before my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's announcement on 19 October. The judgments were based solely upon social services performance indicators, not upon qualitative data. From next summer we will introduce star ratings based

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upon all information about council's performance including indicator data, inspections and in-year assessments of performance. The indicator data give important information on performance showing where action may need to be taken either to spread good performance in service delivery or to turn around poor performance.

Hospital Trusts (North West)

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for each acute hospital trust in the north west region, what is (a) the size of population it serves, (b) the number of CT and MRI scanners available, (c) the number of each type of scanner per thousand head of population served by each trust and (d) the age of each scanner. [11888]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 6 November 2001]: The table details the CT and MRI Scanners in acute hospital trusts within the north west region and the age of each. Information is not available on the population served by each trust.

However, the 45 CT and 24 MRI scanners in the north west region serve a population of approximately 6.6 million people. This equates to figures of approximately 6.8 CT and 3.6 MRI scanners per million head of population. English national average figures are approximately six CT and four MRI scanners per million head of population.

CT MRI: North West region—October 2001

Trust HospitalCT installedMRI installed
Aintree Hospitals NHSTUniversity Hospital, Aintree(36)2001No MRI
Aintree Hospitals NHSTUniversity Hospital, Aintree2001No MRI
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Healthcare NHSTBlackburn Royal Infirmary19981998
Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHSTVictoria Hospital, Blackpool19971998
Bolton Hospitals NHSTRoyal Bolton Hospital1996No MRI
Burnley Health Care NHSTBurnley General Hospital(37)1992No MRI
Bury Health Care NHS TrustBury General Hospital(36)2001No MRI
Cardiothoracic Centre—Liverpool NHSTBroadgreen—CTC Hospital2000No MRI
Central Manchester Healthcare TrustManchester Royal Infirmary (neuro)(37)19951995 and 1997
Central Manchester Healthcare TrustManchester Royal Infirmary (main)(37)19941995 and 1997
Chorley and South Ribble NHSTChorley and South Ribble DGH1995No MRI
Christie Hospital NHSTChristie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute(36)20011993
Christie Hospital NHSTChristie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute19991993
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHSTClatterbridge Centre for Oncology(36)2001(38)2002
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHSTClatterbridge Centre for Oncology1997(38)2002
Countess of Chester Hospital NHSTCountess of Chester Hospital20001993
East Cheshire NHSTMacclesfield District General Hospital(36)20011995
Manchester Children's Hospitals NHSTRoyal Manchester Children's Hospital20001995
Manchester Children's Hospitals NHSTBooth Hall Children's Hospital(36)20011995
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHSTLeighton Hospital(37)19921999
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHSTFurness General Hospital(37)1993(38)2001
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHSTRoyal Lancaster Infirmary(36)2001(38)2001
North Cheshire NHSTHalton General Hospital(37)19941996
North Cheshire NHSTWarrington District General Hospital(37)19941996
North Manchester Healthcare NHSTNorth Manchester General Hospital(37)19941995
Oldham NHSTRoyal Oldham Hospital(37)19921999
Preston Acute Hospitals NHSTRoyal Preston Hospital(37)1994(38)2001
Preston Acute Hospitals NHSTRoyal Preston Hospital2000(38)2001
Rochdale Healthcare NHSTRochdale infirmary1997No MRI
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHSTRoyal Liverpool Hospital (A/E)(37)19941993
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHSTRoyal Liverpool Hospital19991993
Royal Liverpool Children's NHSTRoyal Liverpool Children's Hospital20001994
Salford Royal Hospitals NHSTHope Hospital(36)20011993
Salford Royal Hospitals NHSTHope Hospital(37)19921993
South Manchester University Hospitals NHSTWythenshawe Hospital(37)1994(38)2001
South Manchester University Hospitals NHSTWithington Hospital(36)2001(38)2001
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHSTSouthport General Infirmary(37)19941994
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHSTOrmskirk and District General Hospital(37)19931994
St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHSTWhiston Hospital, Prescott(36)20012001
Stockport NHSTStepping Hill Hospital, Stockport(37)1994No MRI
Tameside Acute Care NHSTTameside General Hospital2000No MRI
Trafford Healthcare NHSTTrafford General Hospital1995No MRI
Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHSTWalton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery(37)19931991, 1998, 1996
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Health Services NHSTRoyal Albert Edward Infirmary1999No MRI
Wirral Hospital NHSTArrowe Park Hospital2000No MRI

(36) CT Recently installed under central programme

(37) CT will be replaced under central programme and installed by 2003

(38) Allocated under New Opportunities Fund (NOF) cancer initiative

Note:

National allocations of a further 50 additional CT scanners and 50 additional MRI scanners, as outlined in the NHS Cancer Plan, have not yet been made and are therefore not included in this list


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