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Mr. Hutton [holding answer 11 July 2002]: The National Health Service efficiency taskforce and its members provided specific and general advice on a range of issues relating to performance improvement. The taskforce last met on 28 June 1999. We continue to consult widely, with the NHS, academics and leading policy makers from abroad, on the range performance issues including efficiency.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget was for the implementation of the National Service Framework on (a) cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) mental health in (i) 200203 and (ii) each of the previous three years. 
|200102 £m||200203 £m|
In addition £100 million capital has been made available for CT scanners, simulators and radiotherapy planning equipment.
|200001 £m||200102 £m||200203 £m|
In addition £285 million capital has been made available, the bulk of which will spent over the next four years to fund modernisation and expansion at 12 cardiac centres.
The NSF for mental health was published in September 1999.
Additional revenue to support implementation of the NSF and NHS Plan from that date has been:
|19992000 £m||200001 £m||200102 £m||200203 £m|
In addition £160 million capital has been made available, and a further £79 million for local councils with social services responsibilities.
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Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS doctors have been suspended under the NHS disciplinary procedure in each of the past 10 years, broken down by (a) grade and (b) speciality. 
Mr. Hutton: Following Health Service Guidelines (HSG(94)49) issued in October 1994, National Health Service trusts routinely report suspensions lasting six months or longer to the Department. Figures are not available for suspensions lasting less than six months. Reliable information is only available for 19992001. Information is not held centrally on speciality:
|1999||25 individuals whose suspension commenced 1 Jan31 December 1999|
|16 consultants 3 specialist registrars 2 staff grade doctors 1 "surgeon" 1 clinical medical officer 1 associate specialist 1 "doctor"|
|2000||29 new suspensions which commenced during year JanDec 2000||24 consultants 2 senior house officers 1 medical advisor I staff grade doctor 1 "doctor"|
|2001||26 new suspensions which commenced during year JanDec 2001||20 consultants 1 clinical medical officer 1 senior dental officer 2 staff grade doctors 2 specialist registrars|
The Department is supporting the managers who are dealing with individual cases. It has seconded a former NHS Trust Human Resources Director to assist employers find ways to ending suspensions as quickly as possible.
Delivering the NHS Plan takes that process a stage further, by explaining how the record increases announced in this year's Budget, 7.4 per cent. per annum annual average increases above inflation, for the five years up to 200708, will enable us to go further and faster.
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Mr. Hutton: Treatment provided by the National Health Service is free at the point of delivery except in cases where specific legislation has been passed allowing a charge to be made. The current services for which a charge can be made are:
In addition to the above NHS hospitals can charge for certain patient services using income generation powers. However a charge can only be made where the service is considered to be additional treatments over and above the normal service provision. Any item or service that is considered to be an integral part of a patient's treatment by their clinician remains free of charge.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what structural reorganisations have taken place in the NHS since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the total cost to the NHS of structural reorganisation programmes since 1997. 
Mr. Hutton: We have abolished the internal market and devolved decision making in the National Health Service to the frontline. We have reduced the number of service commissioners from approximately 3,600 in 1997 to approximately 300 in 2002.
The intention to replace general practitioner (GP) fundholding with primary care groups (PCGs) and primary care trusts (PCTs) was announced in the New NHS: Modern and Dependable as was the intention to reduce the number of health authorities (HAs) with the responsibility for commissioning services being delegated to PCGs and PCTs. This policy was reinforced by the NHS Plan and Shifting the Balance of Power. As a result of the new NHS Reform and Health Care Professions Act, the new health authorities will become strategic health authorities, and the changes to health authorities and PCTs under Shifting the Balance of Power will be in place from 1 October 2002.
|Service Commissioners and|
|Service Commisioners||Providers||Service Providers|
|1 April 1997||100||3,565||N/A||N/A||425|
|1 April 1998||100||3,383||N/A||N/A||403|
|1 April 1999||99||Scheme ended||481||N/A||342|
|1 April 2000||99||459||17||326|
|1 October 2000||95||434||40||326|
|1 April 2001||95||239||239||318|
|1 April 2002||28 (note 1)||1||303||274|
In practice, commissioning of services has been delegated from HAs to PCTs. HAs will become StHAs in October 2002, subject to the NHS Reform and Health Professions Bill.
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The establishment of primary care groups was funded using monies released by the abolition of GP fundholding. The previous Government had set aside an annual budget of £180 million to run fundholding. We have used those monies both to set up PCGs and to improve services to patients. Approximately £150 million additional monies was used following the establishment of PCGs. Approximately £63 million of central funding has been made available to support the establishment of primary care trusts.
The New NHS: Modern and Dependable contained a commitment to deliver £1 billion management costs savings over five years (199798 to 200102), including £100 million in the first year. The changes as a result of Shifting the Balance of Power will release £100 million savings from reducing bureaucracy and this will be placed in a transitional fund in 200203 and 200304 and used to fund childcare facilities for NHS staff.
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