|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
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.
16 Jan 2002 : Column 399W
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. 
Yvette Cooper: The information requested is available in Statistical Bulletin 200132 "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.
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. 
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.
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.
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 (£1025 million) sized schemes worth over £78 million completed construction and became operational during 2001.
16 Jan 2002 : Column 400W
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 Walesworth £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.
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.
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.
16 Jan 2002 : Column 401W
16 Jan 2002 : Column 402W
|Less than 15 years||6||18||27||18||21||26||12||11||6||5||150|
|50 years and above||139||176||208||198||214||193||105||84||80||76||1,473|
(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.
Public Health Laboratory Service
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|