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Jacqui Smith: The NHS Plan referred to the creation of almost 500 extra secure psychiatric beds and 320 24-hour staffed beds by April 2001. These targets were achieved. Work is on-going to meet the further NHS Plan commitment to develop 200 long-term secure beds by 2004.
It is also important to provide alternatives to in-patient care so that patients can benefit from appropriate care and treatment in the least restrictive environment consistent with their needs, including in their own homes where this is clinically appropriate and preferred by the patient. The NHS Plan contained a commitment to create 335 crisis
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resolution teams, 50 early intervention teams and a further 50 assertive outreach teams by April 2004 so that patients can benefit from these alternatives to in-patient care. We envisage that crisis resolution teams alone will treat around 100,000 people every year who would otherwise have to be admitted to hospital.
Jacqui Smith: Information about the availability and usage of mental health beds is already collected through annual returns obtained by the Department from providers of services. The returns are made on a financial year basis and the latest year for which data are available is 200001. Figures are taken from the annual Korner return KHO3"Bed Availability and Occupancy". A more
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detailed national audit of mental health beds would not be appropriate at this stage because we are in a phase of rapid change. Local services are currently engaged in the implementation of new service models such as early intervention, assertive outreach and crisis resolution, which aim to provide alternatives to in-patient care. Forthcoming departmental guidance on acute in-patient mental health care will advise local services to map their strengths and weaknesses and to plan accordingly.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 23 January 2002, Official Report, column 958W, what steps he has taken to ensure that (a) the £50 million allocated to health authorities and (b) the £35 million allocated to local authorities has been spent on child and adolescent mental health services; and if he will make a statement as to the effectiveness of ring fencing of the allocations. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 1 March 2002]: The funding for health authorities is now in their baseline allocations and is not specifically audited. However we expect health authorities, and their successors, to continue to devote these funds to child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS). The local authority grant is a specific grant scheme and is audited to ensure that the grants are expended on CAMHS in line with the conditions of the grant.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 1 March 2002]: The exact distribution of new mental health in-reach services to 2004 has not yet been finalised, but young offender institutions are being treated as a priority for the development of these services.
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Yvette Cooper: As yet, there is insufficient evidence to support the use of human papilloma virus (HPV) testing as a primary screening tool. The health technology assessment (HTA) review of research into HPV testing, published in September 1999, concluded that the evidence might support testing for HPV only in certain situations, such as the management of borderline screening test results.
A Government funded pilot study of HPV and liquid based cytology testing as triage for women with mild or borderline abnormalities began in April 2001. The HPV arm of the pilot will end in September 2002. Analysis of the data will begin in October 2002 and a report of the evaluation of the pilot will be submitted in early 2003.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people who have consumed meat from the offspring of BSE-infected cows since 1 November 2001. 
Yvette Cooper: No estimates are available, but the number of cases of BSE arising in cattle born since August 1996, and considered to be attributable to maternal transmission, is below expectations. In addition, certain key control mechanisms help protect consumers if there is a failure of the controls which exclude BSE offspring from the food chain. These include the ban on specified risk material from being used for human consumption and the over-thirty-months rule which prohibits older animals more likely to harbour infectivity from entering the food chain.
Yvette Cooper: All health authorities commission radiotherapy services for cancer patients. These services may be provided from a radiotherapy centre located within that health authority itself, or one nearby.
|Norfolk||Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHST|
|North Essex||Essex Rivers Healthcare NHST|
|South Essex||Southend Hospital NHST|
|Suffolk||Ipswich Hospital NHST|
|Hertfordshire||West Hertfordshire Hospitals MHST|
|Barking and Havering||Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHST|
|Barnet Enfield and Haringey||North Middlesex University Hospital NHST|
|Camden and Islington (2)||Royal Free Hampstead NHST|
|University College London Hospitals NHSTCH|
|Ealing Hammersmith and Hounslow||Hammersmith Hospitals NHST|
|East London and the City||Barts and the London NHST|
|Kensington Chelsea and Westminster||Royal Marsden NHST|
|Lambeth Southwark and Lewisham||Guys and St. Thomas' Hospital Trust|
|Manchester||Christie's Hospital NHST|
|North-west Lancashire||Preston Acute Hospitals NHST|
|Wirral||Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology NHST|
|East Riding and Hull||Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHST|
|Leeds||Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHST|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside||The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHST|
|North Cumbria||North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHST|
|Tees||South Tees Hospitals NHST|
|Berkshire||Royal Berks and Battle Hospitals NHST|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove||Brighton Health Care NHST|
|IoW, Portsmouth and South-east Hampshire||Portsmouth Health Care NHST|
|Northamptonshire||Northampton General Hospital NHST|
|Oxfordshire||Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHST|
|Southampton and South-west Hampshire||Southampton University Hospitals NHST|
|West Kent||Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHST|
|West Surrey||Royal Surrey County Hospital NHST|
|Avon (2)||United Bristol Healthcare NHST|
|Royal United Hospital Bath NHST|
|Cornwall and IoS||Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust|
|Dorset||Poole Hospitals NHST|
|Gloucestershire||East Gloucestershire NHST|
|North and East Devon||Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare NHST|
|South and West Devon (2)||Plymouth Hospitals NHST|
|South Devon Healthcare NHST|
|Leicestershire||University Hospitals of Leicester NHST|
|Lincolnshire||United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHST|
|Nottingham||Nottingham City Hospital NHST|
|Sheffield||Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHST|
|Southern Derbyshire||Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHST|
|Birmingham||University Hospital Birmingham NHST|
|Coventry||University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHST|
|North Staffordshire||North Staffordshire Hospital NHST|
|Shropshire||Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHST|
|Wolverhampton||The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHST|
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Health authorities without radiotherapy centres located in its boundaries.
Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich
Brent and Harrow
Kingston and Richmond
Merton Sutton and Wandsworth
Redbridge and Waltham Forest
Bury and Rochdale
St. Helens and Knowsley
Salford and Trafford
Wigan and Bolton
Calderdale and Kirklees
County Durham and Darlington
Gateshead and South Tyneside
North and Mid Hampshire
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Mr. Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what proportion of cancer patients are prescribed anti-blood infection drugs to treat neutropenia contracted while undergoing chemotherapy; 
(3) what (a) the average cost per patient and (b) the total cost has been over the last 12 months to each health authority of prescribing Neupogen to patients undergoing chemotherapy. 
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