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Funding (Buckinghamshire)

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding was allocated to the Buckinghamshire health authority in each year since 1997. [24851]

Ms Blears: The net revenue allocations made available to the Buckinghamshire health authority for the financial years 1997–98 through to the recently announced allocation for 2002–03 are as follows:


Asylum Seekers (HIV Status)

Mr. Edwards: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the health needs of asylum seeker mothers who are HIV positive. [24554]

Yvette Cooper: Asylum seekers and their families who apply to the Home Office for support under the arrangements that came into place from 1 April 2000 will be assessed and any medical information including HIV status will be taken into account. If eligible for a support package, which includes accommodation, they will be allocated to accommodation that suits their needs in an area where required medical treatment is available.

Dual Energy X-ray Absorptionmetry

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when NICE will issue guidelines on dual energy X-ray absorptionmetry. [24603]

Jacqui Smith: Dual energy X-ray absorptionmetry is not currently on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's work programme.

Paediatric Intensive Care

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list expenditure on mobile intensive care provision for children in each of the last five years. [24573]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not collected centrally.

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Smoking Cessation Services

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information he has collated on the number of people who gave up smoking on the quit date set during their participating in smoking cessation services who have continued to abstain from tobacco in the following 12 months. [24586]

Yvette Cooper: The information requested is available in Statistical Bulletin 2001–32 "Statistics on smoking cessation services in England, April 2000 to March 2001", published by the Department on 5 December 2001, copies of which are available in the Library.

Table 13 of the bulletin gives information about the number of people setting a quit date and successful in specialist services in the health action zones in 1999–2000 and follow-up at 52 weeks.

Rural Health Services

Mr. Breed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) hospitals and (b) other health care services, by category, there were in rural areas, broken down by (i) constituency and (ii) local authority for each year since 1990. [24898]

Mr. Hutton: There are more than 300 national health service trusts, and 164 primary care trusts that provide health care services. Many cover both rural and urban areas. While NHS bodies operate within geographic boundaries of most local authorities, they do not do so in all cases, and do not always follow constituency boundaries.

Data collected by the Department do not identify the constituency or local authority boundaries, or whether they cover 'rural' areas. Therefore, the information is not available and could be collected only at disproportionate cost.

GP Waiting Times

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the average waiting time to see a GP at present; and what the equivalent figure was in 1997. [24644]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 January 2002]: These data are not collected centrally.

From September 2001 data are being collected quarterly on the lead time for the first available appointment with each general practitioner practice.

The only data on patient waits to see a GP derive from the 1998 national patient survey. This showed that around a quarter waited four days or more (with 5 per cent. waiting over a week) for an appointment.

Public-Private Partnership

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress in implementing the public-private partnership in the NHS in 2001. [25161]

Mr. Hutton: Five major (more than £25 million in capital value) national health service hospital private finance initiative schemes worth a total of over £442 million and four medium (£10–25 million) sized schemes worth over £78 million completed construction and became operational during 2001.

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A consortium was selected on 5 December 2001 to deliver a state-of the-art electronic staff record system to all NHS trusts in England and Wales—worth £325 million over 10 years. The consortium will deliver the new system to all NHS trusts in England and Wales.

Between April and September 2001 a total of 29,000 elective cases were commissioned in the independent sector under the framework of the concordat signed between the Department and the Independent Healthcare Association in October 2000.

Work is currently being undertaken on a national framework agreement to build longer term relationships between the NHS and the private sector with a view to doubling the number of NHS patients treated in private hospitals from the start of this new year.

European Hospitals

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which Continental European hospitals are in negotiation with his Department about the treatment of NHS patients. [24322]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 8 January 2002]: Officials in the Department and National health service staff in the three test-bed sites working to send NHS patients overseas have had meetings with several providers based in France and Germany and a provider based in Greece. There have been visits to France and Germany.

A group of patients will shortly travel for treatment to Polyclinique de la Louviere in Lille, France.

In addition, officials have corresponded with a large number of hospital providers, details of which will be placed in the Library shortly.

Hereford County Hospital

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if all porters employed at the Hereford county hospital have the same pay and conditions of employment; and if he will make a statement. [25531]

Yvette Cooper: As part of the private finance initiative deal for the new hospital in Hereford it was agreed that all existing hotel services staff, including porters, should transfer their terms and conditions of employment under Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) Regulations 1981. However, new starters are subject to the terms and conditions offered by the owners of the new hospital.

The Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions recently announced a review of best value in local government. One of the issues which the review will examine is whether a two-tier workforce has developed when services previously operated by the public sector transfer to a private provider and new staff are offered inferior terms and conditions than the workers who have transferred. The Department of Trade and Industry has already published a consultation document on the reform of TUPE with a view to enhanced employee protection.


Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have died from HIV/AIDS-related

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diseases aged (a) under 14, (b) 15 to 24, (c) 25 to 39, (d) 40 to 50 and (e) over 50 years, in each of the last 10 years. [25121]

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Yvette Cooper: The information requested is shown in the table.

Deaths in HIV infected individuals in England and Wales 1991–2000 by age group(31)

Age group1991199219931994199519961997199819992000(32)Total
Less than 15 years61827182126121165150
15–24 years35363157353896125264
25–39 years5195638147948767263572172011715,238
40–49 years2863383684874123411821311201202,785
50 years and above1391762081982141931058480761,473

(31) These data include deaths in HIV-infected individuals without reported AIDS.

(32) 2000 is the latest year for which a full year's reports are available. The numbers of deaths are likely to rise as further reports are received. This particularly affects the most recent years.


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