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Doctors (Suspensions)

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many doctors were on suspension at the most recent date for which figures are available. [45729]

Mr. Hutton: As at 31 December 2001, the latest date for which figures are available, 29 hospital and community medical and dental staff had been suspended for more than six months.

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NHS Procurement

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department ensured (a) that all NHS trusts set a target of at least three per cent in 2000–01 for procurement savings and (b) that delivery of these savings was monitored. [45727]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 25 March 2002]: All National Health Service trusts were set a target of 3 per cent purchasing savings by the Department of Health for the year 2000–01.

These savings were monitored by National Health Service trusts and by Department of Health regional offices.

NHS Finance

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the transfer of a liability to a PCT from a health authority or trust has an impact on the level of resources available to that PCT for spending on patient care; and if he will make a statement. [45851]

Mr. Hutton: The level of resources available to primary care trusts for spending on patient care in year will be unaffected by the transfer of assets and liabilities.

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much money by way of liabilities each PCT (a) has taken responsibility for and (b) is expected to take responsibility for; and from whom the responsibility is transferred; [45844]

Mr. Hutton: The transfer of liabilities from health authorities and National Health Service trusts to primary care trusts in 2000–2001 is shown in the table. Information on liabilities transferring for the 2001–02 financial year will not be available until the autumn.

Transferring bodyLiabilities £000Receiving primary care trust
Cambridgeshire HA1,706Fenland
1,190North Peterborough
795South Peterborough
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly HA660Carrick
Doncaster HA2,358Doncaster Central
Dorset HA2,950Bournemouth
1,558North Dorset
1,395Poole Central and North
East Lancashire HA2,636Blackburn with Darwen
Hillingdon HA7,870Hillingdon
Norfolk HA2,869West Norfolk
North Staffordshire HA2,280North Stoke
Northampton HA1,860Daventry and South Northamptonshire
South Essex HA3,286Southend on Sea
South Humber HA4,002North East Lincolnshire
Southampton and South West Hampshire HA2,292Southampton East Healthcare
Southern Derbyshire HA1,497Central Derby
West Kent HA3,666Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
North Nottinghamshire HA1,733Mansfield District
2,450Newark and Sherwood
Merton, Sutton & Wandsworth HA2,442Nelson and West Merton
Herefordshire Community423Herefordshire
NHS Trust
Milton Keynes Community1,642Milton Keynes
NHS Trust


Health authority audited summarisation forms 2000–01

PCT audited summarisation schedules 2000–01

The table shows only liabilities of over £150,000.

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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the amount was of NHS trust deficits in each trust in each of the last five years; [45850]

Mr. Hutton: Information relating to National Health Service trust deficits for the financial years 1996–7 to 2000–01 has been placed in the Library. Changes (in line with best accounting practice) in the accounting and financial reporting arrangements for NHS trusts mean that the figures provided for 1996–97 are not directly comparable with 1997–98 or thereafter.

We are in discussions with NHS trusts, health authorities and primary care trusts about managing their end-of-year positions. The information requested for the current year will be available when the annual audited accounts are completed and published.

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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the underlying deficits are (a) in each NHS trust and/or body and (b) in England. [45848]

Mr. Hutton: The information requested for National Health Service trusts has been placed in the Library. A change in the format of the annual accounts from 2000–01 means health authorities are no longer required to account on an income and expenditure basis.

Cancer Treatment

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his assessment is of the likelihood of his new target for treatment of urgent cancers being met in Oxfordshire in 2002–03. [45931]

Yvette Cooper [holding answer 25 March 2002]: The Oxfordshire health economy recognises the importance of the cancer targets in 2002–03 and will invest extra resources this year to support their achievement of targets in this area. In support of this, the Four Counties Cancer Network is working to improve cancer services to deliver better quality services to patients.