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|Number of sight tests for aged 60 and over (millions)||Total number of sight tests (millions)|
Information on the number of people having NHS sight tests is not collected centrally. The number of sight tests cannot be equated with the number of people, as some groups are advised to have more than one sight test in a year.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his targets are for the assessment and provision of social care; and what measures are in place to ensure that these targets are met. 
Jacqui Smith: The Government's priority targets for social services are set out in the Department of Health's planning and priorities framework for 2003 to 2006, XImprovement, Expansion and Reform: the next three years", principally in the sections on life chances for children in care, mental health and older people. The document sets out priority targets for both health and social services. A copy is available in the Library.
The priorities for social services and social services performance in general are assessed by the Social Services Inspectorate, taking into account a broad range of performance evidence from performance indicators, inspections and in-year monitoring. Since May 2002 this assessment of performance has been summarised as the social services performance Xstar" rating. There are significant freedoms available for the best performing councils, providing an incentive to improve. Where councils show poor performance and we do not believe the council has the capacity to improve, we have provided assistance in the form of performance action teams. In cases of .serious failure we will not hesitate to use our formal intervention powers.
Jacqui Smith: In September 2002 the Government set out the priority targets for both social services and health services in the Department of Health's planning priorities framework for 2003 to 2006, XImprovement, Expansion and Reform: the Next 3 Years". This is available in the Library and on the Internet at http://www.doh.qov.uk/planning20032006.
Social services targets are mainly in the sections on life chances for children in care, mental health and older people although social services have a contribution to make in other areas such as health inequalities and drug misuse.
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Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure that measures taken to address the deficit of the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust do not lead to long-term reductions in the capacity of the health economy of the area; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lammy: The South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust (PCT) as part of its review of all options for reducing its financial deficit is looking at services provided to the local population as well as its own administration and management. The PCT is discussing the implications of service changes and modernisation with a wide range of stakeholders and will be discussing progress on the service reviews at its next public board meeting, which takes place on 5 February 2003.
a further #14 million a year central investment over the next three years to complete the programme of providing ECGs for 999 ambulances, to provide thrombolysis training for paramedics and to modernise communications between ambulances and acute hospitals;
work with the coronary heart disease collaborative to ensure paramedics pre-alert hospitals that heart attack patients are on the way, so that thrombolysis can be started immediately on arrival; and
a rapid review of best practice with the coronary heart disease collaborative to support better delivery of thrombolysis across the national health service.
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Mr. Lammy: There was no such agreement. At the meeting on 11 July 2000 with representatives of the British Tinnitus Association, my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for Health (Mr. Hutton), who then had responsibility for sensory disabilities such as tinnitus, was asked for advice about sources of support for tinnitus research. My right hon. Friend suggested that an approach should be made to the Medical Research Council (MRC), which receives its grant in aid from the Department of Trade and Industry via the Office of Science and Technology and which is the main agency through which the Government supports medical research.
While it is true to say that my right hon. Friend made clear that funds for tinnitus research might be available from the MRC, it would be a mistake to imply that he undertook to secure such funds. The MRC is independent in its funding decisions and does not generally earmark funds for particular topics.
The MRC has discussed mechanisms of funding with representatives of the British Tinnitus Association, and always welcomes high quality applications for funding medical research, which are judged in open competition with other demands on funding. The MRC is currently funding research projects related to tinnitus, mainly at the MRC Institute for Hearing Research in Nottingham. The MRC is also funding some more basic work on the auditory system, and this would inform any developments in treatments for a range of hearing disorders including tinnitus.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his Answer of 11 December 2002, Official Report, column 401W, on wheelchair services, if he will make a statement on the wheelchair services collaborative programme. 
Jacqui Smith: As outlined in the Department's press release of 27 November, forty five centres are now participating in the wheelchair services collaborative, which spans eighteen months. The aim of the collaborative is to improve the overall experience for users and carers, and to work towards minimising delays and maximising efficiency.
|The Wheelchair Service||Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT|
|Bexhill & Rother Wheelchair Service||Bexhill & Rother PCT|
|The Wirral Wheelchair Assessment Centre||Birkenhead & Wallasey PCT|
|Wheelchair Service||Brent PCT|
|Bromley Wheelchair Service||Bromley PCT|
|South East Staffs Wheelchair Service||Burntwood, Litchfield & Tamworth PCT, SE Staffs PCT|
|Chantry Wheelchair Services||Central Suffolk PCT|
|Southern Derbyshire Wheelchair Service||Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire PCT|
|Wheelchair Services||Doncaster East PCT|
|South Durham Wheelchair Service||Durham and Chester Le-Street PCT|
|Enfield Wheelchair Service||Enfield PCT|
|The Wheelchair Centre||Hambleton and Richmondshire pct|
|Haringey Wheelchair Service||Haringey Teaching PCT|
|Hillingdon Wheelchair Service||Hillingdon PCT|
|Occupational Therapy & Wheelchair Services||Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust|
|The Wheelchair Service||King's Lynn and Wisebech Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Leeds Wheelchair Service||Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust|
|North Essex Wheelchair services||Maldon and South Chelmsford PCT|
|Wheelchair Services||Milton Keynes PCT|
|Disablement Services Centre||North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust|
|North Cumbria Wheelchair Service||North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Wheelchair Centre||North Lincolnshire Primary Care NHS Trust|
|NW Surrey Wheelchair Service||North Surrey PCT|
|Harrow Wheelchair Service||North West London Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Occupational Therapy and Wheelchair Services||Northamptonshire Heartlands PLC|
|Oxford Centre for Enablement||Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust|
|Wheelchair Assessment Centre, Thameside General Hospital||Oldham PCT/Thameside and Glossop|
|Wheelchair Service & Community Equipment Service||Redditch and Bromsgrove NHS PCT|
|Exeter Mobility Centre||Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare NHS|
|Wheelchair Service||Sedgefield PCT|
|Birmingham Wheelchair Service||South Birmingham PCT|
|Sussex Rehabilitation Centre||South Downs NHS Trust|
|South Tyneside (Healthcare NHS Trust) Wheelchair Services||South Tyneside PCT|
|South Warwickshire PCT||South Warwickshire PCT|
|Wheelchair Services||Sussex Downs and Weald PCT|
|Shropshire Wheelchair Service||Telford and Wrekin NHS PCT|
|Liverpool Wheelchair Service||The Royal Liverpool and NHS Broadgreen University Hospitals|
|Tower Hamlets Wheelchair Service||Tower Hamlets NHS PCT|
|Wheelchair Service at the Rehabilitation Centre||United Lincoln Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Leicestershire Wheelchair Service||University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust|
|Wheelchair Services||Walsall PCT|
|Wheelchair Service||Wandsworth NHS PCT|
|West Dorset Wheelchair Service||West Dorset PCT|
|The Wheelchair Service||West Kent NHS and Social Care Trust (Medway PCT, Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT)|
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