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Jacqui Smith: The degree to which individual care homes conform to the national standards cannot be quantified in detail at the moment. It is for the National Care Standards Commission to decide in the particular circumstances of each individual home whether the home conforms to the standards necessary to meet the assessed needs of its residents.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people likely to require (a) residential care and (b) nursing care in a nursing home in (i) 2005, (ii) 2010, (iii) 2015 and (iv) 2020. 
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future demand for residential and nursing home care for older people. The latest PSSRU projections are:
|Residential care||Nursing home care|
These projections take account of demographic pressures but assume no change in patterns of care. The pressures may change as a result of government policies. The PSSRU model does not currently make projections for 2015.
Further information on these projections and the model on which they are based can be found in the recent report by the PSSRU on "Demand for Long Term Care for Older People in England", published in Health Statistics Quarterly 12, winter 2001, a copy of which is in the Library.
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 11 March 2002]: Details of the costs of administering the registration of care homes are not available centrally. The table shows gross expenditure by each local authority in England, on all registration and inspection activity (including expenditure on the regulatory function for children under eight, which has now transferred to Ofsted) for 200001, which is the latest financial year for which data are available.
|Local authority||Gross expenditure(20)|
|Barking and Dagenham||212|
|Bath and north-east Somerset UA||380|
|Blackburn with Darwen UA||278|
|Bracknell Forest UA||77|
|Brighton and Hove UA||359|
|City of London||0|
|East Riding of Yorkshire UA||314|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||515|
|Isle of Wight UA||348|
|Isles of Scilly||(21)|
|Kensington and Chelsea||134|
|Kingston upon Hull UA||330|
|Kingston upon Thames||492|
|Medway Towns UA||392|
|Milton Keynes UA||918|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||261|
|North-east Lincolnshire UA||158|
|North Lincolnshire UA||161|
|North Somerset UA||306|
|Redcar and Cleveland UA||23|
|Richmond upon Thames||288|
|South Gloucestershire UA||468|
|Stockton on Tees UA||24|
|Stoke on Trent UA||342|
|Telford and Wrekin UA||240|
|West Berkshire UA||128|
|Windsor and Maidenhead UA||74|
(20) Registration and inspection
(21) Data not available
Form PSS EX1
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds have been provided by his Department for (a) research into the extent of hospital delayed discharge resulting from elderly patients unable to be discharged because their home does not provide a warm and healthy living environment and (b) practical improvement programmes to ensure that elderly people discharged from hospital can return to a healthy and comfortable home. 
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The Department has awarded a total of nearly £1 million over the three years 200102 to 200304 to Age Concern (England), Help the Aged, and the British Red Cross Society. This is being used to develop local intermediate care projects, which provide practical help through volunteers to ensure that older people's own homes are safe and comfortable, in order to prevent hospital admission or to facilitate discharge from hospital. The Home Office Active Community Unit has matched this funding.
A number of Health Action Zones have funded systems to enable health professionals to refer patients suffering from the effects of cold housing, including patients to be discharged from hospital, for help with heating and insulation. In August 2001, the Department of Health funded publication by National Energy Action of "Affordable Warmth and Health Action Zones, a Good Practice Guide", which describes these projects.
The Department funds the 'Keep Warm, Keep Well' campaign each winter. In the winter of 200102, this involved distribution of over 2.3 million leaflets, information packs for healthcare professionals, and a national telephone advice line to enable eligible older people and other groups to claim grants for insulation and heating and benefits.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the PSA target for everyone with suspected cancer to be able to see a specialist within two weeks of his or her GP determining the need to do so was met by the required date of 2000. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The two week outpatient waiting time standard was introduced for all urgent cases of suspected cancer during 2000. Central monitoring of performance against the standard began on the 1 January 2001. In the first quarter monitoring (JanuaryMarch 2001) 93.5 per cent. of people urgently referred with suspected cancer were seen within two weeks. The latest data (OctoberDecember 2001) shows that 95.1 per cent. of people urgently referred with suspected cancer were seen within two weeks.
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