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Cardiac Units

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to set up a new programme for the development of cardiac units in the UK. [63606]

Ms Blears [holding answer 21 June 2002]: The expansion plans for cardiac units in England are part of the comprehensive programme of development in cardiac services set out in the national service framework for coronary heart disease. The expansion programme is being pursued to ensure that heart patients are treated according to need rather than location. Consequently, investment is being focused on those parts of England with historically low capacity in cardiac surgery. Capital developments are taking place in Papworth, Wolverhampton, South Tees, Bristol, Sheffield, Blackpool, Liverpool, Central Manchester, South Manchester, Leeds and Plymouth. These developments will be completed in 2006. Any further expansion in capacity will be considered in terms of its ability to deliver the standards of care set out in the national service framework. In addition, from 1 July, patients who have been waiting for more than six months for a heart operation will be offered the choice of treatment elsewhere, which will enable more patients to be treated more quickly.


Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he has taken to ensure that money provided to East Sussex county council social services to relieve bed-blocking in local hospitals has been used for that purpose; [63549]

Ms Blears [holding answer 24 June 2002]: The Government recognise that delayed transfers of care are a problem across the south east and east Sussex has been acutely affected. East Sussex county council, in consultation with Surrey and Sussex health authority and the local national health service trusts, is currently exploring all possible options for reducing these delays.

Local authorities were required to provide a written statement of their proposed use of additional funding and the targets for reductions of delayed transfers. Progress towards targets has been monitored by the Department through the weekly reporting process and the capacity maps submitted to the Department.


Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many lives were lost in NHS hospitals as a result of MRSA in the last year. [63812]

Ms Blears [holding answer 24 June 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to his previous question, on May 2002, Official Report, column 403W.

Bilateral Ministerial Meetings

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when Ministers in his Department have held meetings with Ministers and officials of the Irish Government since 1 June 2000; when and where each meeting took place; which Ministers were involved in

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each meeting; which Irish Government Departments were involved in each meeting; and which Ministers and officials from the Irish Government attended each meeting. [63086]

Mr. Lammy: My hon. Friend the Member for Birmingham Edgbaston (Gisela Stuart), the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State met the Irish Health Minister (Michael Martin) on 18 July 2000 in Dublin. She also met the chief executive of the Irish Food Standards Agency (Dr. Patrick Wall). No other meetings have taken place.

Elderly People

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which general practitioner practices in (a) the Chesham and Amersham constituency and (b) Buckinghamshire were participants in the trial for assessing the assessment and management of elderly people. [62793]

Ms Blears [holding answer 24 June 2002]: I have been advised that this is a local project, organised by Chilton and south Buckinghamshire primary care trust, involving general practitioner practices in the Chesham area. For that reason, no information is held centrally.

Macular Disease

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the number of persons affected by wet age-related macular degeneration in one eye only who will pay privately to be treated by photodynamic therapy; [63900]

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Mr. Lammy: [holding answers 24 June 2002]: A study sponsored by the Macular Disease Society in 2001 estimated that there were 182,000 people with age-related macular degeneration with a best eye visual acuity below that judged appropriate for certification as blind or partially sighted. It is estimated that 10 to 15 per cent. of those will have the "wet" type of the condition, for which photodynamic therapy is intended as a treatment. However, it is not possible to say how many of those are affected in only one eye.

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) published their final appraisal determination (FAD) on the use of photodynamic therapy as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration on 12 June. The appraisal process has not yet been completed and NICE have not made any recommendations on photodynamic therapy. NICE are seeking the views of consultees during the appeal process and will consider carefully any points that are made.

NICE's recommendations may change as a result of the appeal process; it would therefore be inappropriate for the Department to comment at this time. The Department will consider the implications of the final NICE guidance. The earliest guidance could be available to the NHS is at the end of July or early August, providing there are no appeals.

The NICE guidance on photodynamic therapy will not have implications for the treatment of cataracts, glaucoma or diabetic retinopathy.

Cancelled Operations

Mr. Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what are the latest average figures he has for the number of operations cancelled each week broken down by each NHS trust. [63878]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 24 June 2002]: Figures for cancelled operations are published on a quarterly basis. The latest available figures are shown in the table.

Cancelled operations for non clinical reasons, NHS trusts in England, 2001–02, quarter 4

TrustNumber of last minute cancellations for non clinical reasons in the quarterCancellations as a percentage of elective admissions
Addenbrooke's NHS Trust1141.1
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust821.0
Airedale NHS Trust290.6
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust160.2
Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust5063.8
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust3844.9
Barnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust411.0
Barts and the London NHS Trust2112.1
Basildon and Thurrock General Hospitals NHS Trust460.8
Bedford Hospital NHS Trust1523.1
Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust421.1
Birmingham Heartlands and Solihull NHS Trust1111.1
Birmingham Women's Healthcare NHS Trust252.5
Blackburn Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust1541.9
Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust2342.4
Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Community Health Services42.0
Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust971.7
Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust840.7
Brighton Health Care NHS Trust861.3
Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust1742.3
Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust611.1
Burton Hospitals NHS Trust931.7
Bury Health Care NHS Trust160.4
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust50.0
Cardiothoracic Centre Liverpool NHS Trust652.5
Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals1431.1
Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust510.9
Chesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital631.1
Chorley and South Ribble/Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trusts1071.0
Christie Hospital NHS Trust30.0
City Hospitals NHS Trust1191.7
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Trust780.7
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust1252.3
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust260.9
Dewsbury Health Care NHS Trust1523.7
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust1160.9
Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust1061.3
Ealing Hospital NHS Trust983.4
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust1621.9
East Cheshire NHS Trust773.3
East Gloucestershire NHS Trust1441.6
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust350.3
East Somerset NHS Trust200.6
Eastbourne Hospitals NHS Trust781.8
Epsom and St. Helier NHS Trust200.2
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust1993.1
Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust580.8
Gateshead Health NHS Trust220.5
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust250.5
Gloucestershire Royal NHS Trust711.1
Good Hope Hospital NHS Trust340.6
Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust711.6
Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospital NHS Trust710.5
Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust2011.8
Harrogate Health Care NHS Trust110.3
Hastings and Rother NHS Trust1816.1
Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust750.8
Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust1042.9
Hillingdon Hospital NHS Trust1302.9
Hinchingbrooke Healthcare NHS Trust882.1
Homerton Hospital NHS Trust110.5
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust3012.2
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust520.7
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust10.1
James Paget Healthcare NHS Trust651.7
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust781.3
King's College Hospital NHS Trust1722.0
Kings Lynn and Wisbech Hospitals NHS Trust801.4
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust541.1
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust1720.7
Leicestershire and Rutland Healthcare NHS Trust53.0
Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust461.2
Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Trust270.9
Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust1873.3
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust760.9
Mayday Health Care NHS Trust2104.8
Medway NHS Trust240.5
Melton Rutland and Harborough PCT122.3
Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Trust1703.3
Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust620.9
Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust1462.0
Mid Sussex NHS Trust592.9
Milton keynes General Hospital NHS Trust1794.7
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust330.5
Morecambe Bay Hospitals NHS Trust1422.0
Newbury and Community PCT81.5
Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust2601.1
Newham Healthcare NHS Trust1063.5
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust760.5
North Bristol NHS Trust1711.6
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust1281.6
North Cumbria Acute NHS Trust1671.9
North Devon Healthcare Trust50.1
North Dorset PCT30.5
North Durham Health Care NHS Trust631.5
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust440.9
North Manchester Healthcare NHS Trust1462.3
North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust260.6
North Staffordshire Hospital NHS Trust3062.3
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust260.4
North West Anglia Healthcare NHS Trust111.3
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust1211.2
Northallerton Health Services NHS Trust10.0
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust3133.9
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust850.7
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust400.4
Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust3243.6
Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust120.7
Oldham NHS Trust1442.0
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust4283.6
Papworth Hospital NHS Trust50.1
Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust1141.9
Pinderfields and Pontefract NHS Trust3333.5
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust2091.8
Poole Hospital NHS Trust1422.1
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust1831.5
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust1963.7
Princess Royal Hospital NHS Trust331.0
Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust150.3
Queen Mary's Sidcup NHS Trust2376.0
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust180.8
Queens Medical Centre NHS Trust200.2
Riverside Community Health Care NHS Trust9n/a
Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic and District Hospital130.7
Rochdale Healthcare NHS Trust852.0
Rotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust310.5
Royal Berkshire and Battle Hospitals NHS Trust800.9
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust760.6
Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust691.4
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust2952.5
Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare NHS Trust1080.9
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust270.3
Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals991.0
Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust601.5
Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Trust190.2
Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust402.3
Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust180.6
Royal Shrewsbury Hospitals NHS Trust1632.4
Royal Surrey County and St. Lukes Hospital NHS Trust1181.6
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust2073.0
Royal West Sussex NHS Trust761.7
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust280.4
Salford Hospitals NHS Trust641.1
Salisbury Health Care NHS Trust1392.3
Sandwell Healthcare NHS Trust520.9
Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Health Care360.7
Severn NHS Trust30.5
Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust70.3
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust1490.7
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust2093.3
Shropshire's Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust21.5
South Buckinghamshire NHS Trust30.1
South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust710.9
South Durham Health Care NHS Trust540.8
South Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust4985.6
South Tees Acute Hospitals NHS Trust1431.0
South Tyneside Health Care NHS Trust310.8
South Warwickshire General NHS Trust571.1
South West Dorset PCT10.3
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust1160.9
Southend Health Care NHS Trust971.1
Southern Derbyshire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust880.7
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS trust140.3
St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust2563.1
St. Helens and Knowsley Hospital NHS Trust2262.8
St. Mary's Hospital NHS Trust210.3
Stockport NHS Trust931.3
Stoke Mandeville Hospital NHS Trust240.7
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust631.1
Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust701.0
Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS Trust42111.4
Taunton and Somerset NHS Trust1331.5
Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust371.0
United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust4533.4
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust1591.1
University College London Hospitals NHS Trust560.7
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust1191.1
University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust1361.5
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust1750.6
Walsall Hospitals NHS Trust310.5
Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery NHS Trust423.8
West Dorset General Hospital NHS Trust2564.4
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust1731.8
West Middlesex University NHS Trust170.6
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust1452.5
Weston Area Health NHS Trust351.5
Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust2704.7
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust722.6
Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust260.6
Wirral Hospital NHS Trust610.8
Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust630.7
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust160.2
Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust770.8
York Health Services NHS Trust130.2

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