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HFEA

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he will take to prevent a conflict of interest arising from membership of the HFEA Committee by holders of a licence issued by the Human Fertilization Embryology Authority; and if he will make a statement. [93393]

Ms Blears: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has strict protocols on this matter and requires members to declare conflicts of interest at any meetings and on any issues being discussed by the Authority. HFEA members' interests are listed in the HFEA annual reports.

Hospital Discharge

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department plans to issue the hospital discharge workbook in (a) hard copy and (b) electronic form; [95738]

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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 5 February 2003]: "Discharge from Hospital: Pathway, Process and Practice", was published on 27 January 2003 on the Department's website. Hard copies are available, free of charge, on request. The total production cost of revising the workbook was £94,658. We waited for organisational change in the national health service to be completed to ensure that the revision would remain relevant. The revision was commissioned in summer 2002 and completed in six months.

The workbook emphasises the importance of ensuring that all the necessary support services for effective hospital discharge are in place for patients, irrespective of the day on which their discharge from hospital occurs.

In-patient Beds (Inner London)

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the demand was for in-patient beds in inner London hospitals in each year since 1990. [94289]

Mr. Hutton: This information is not held centrally. Information on the average daily number of beds for each national health service trust and with summaries for England and NHS regions from 1996 is available from the Department of Health website at http://www.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/

Interferon

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the drug pegylated interferon is recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence for statutory funding by primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement. [95855]

Ms Blears: The Department and the Welsh Assembly Government asked the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to appraise the clinical and cost effectiveness of pegylated interferon alpha 2a and alpha 2b for hepatitis C as part of its '7th Wave' work programme. A first draft of the guidance, the appraisal consultation document, will be issued for consultation to the registered stakeholders in the summer, and the guidance is due to be issued in November 2003.

IT Projects

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will place in the Library the full results of the Gateway Review process into (a) proposed upgrades of the NHSnet, (b) reprocurement of the NHSnet, (c) a national scheme for electronic bookings, (d) replacement of the Nation-wide Clearing Service (NWCS) and (e) a national scheme for electronic patient records; and if he will make a statement. [94600]

Ms Blears: New and large-scale procurement projects in central Government are subject to Gateway Reviews. The process examines a project at critical stages to provide assurance that it can progress successfully to the next stage. The Review provides project teams with advice and guidance from fellow practitioners and in order to maintain the integrity of the advice, this is held to be completely confidential by both parties. The Gateway Review process is not an audit.

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Recommendations are made to the senior responsible officer, in this case Sir John Pattison, on good practice in key areas such as programme management, risk management and involving key stakeholders. The national programme is taking their key recommendations on board as appropriate to help prepare for implementation and the next stage in the Gateway Review.

The upgrade to NHSnet capacity has been approved by Her Majesty's Treasury and is not subject to the Gateway Review process.

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Regional Information Systems Plan at the Wessex Regional Health Authority with regard to current national NHS IT projects; and if he will make a statement. [94601]

Ms Blears: A number of lessons have been learnt about the effective procurement of information systems for the health services. These have been taken into account in national guidance and procurement procedures.

Mental Health

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information his Department collates concerning the time taken for manic depression to be diagnosed from initial consultation to final diagnosis. [96638]

Jacqui Smith: The information requested is not collected centrally.

NHS Treatment Abroad

Tim Loughton : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was to the NHS (a) in total and (b) per patient of the 234 patients treated for joint replacement and cataract operations in Germany and France under the Government pilot. [92556]

Mr. Hutton: The original overseas treatment pilot project undertaken by the Government treated a total of 190 patients of which 109 were treated in France and the remaining 81 in Germany.

The total cost of treatment within the project was £1.1 million.

NHS Trusts

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his most recent estimate is of the forecast financial surplus or deficit for 2002–03 for each trust within the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area. [95606]

Ms Blears: The audited information in respect of the financial performance of national health service trusts in the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area for 2002–03 will be published in their annual accounts. The audited information will be available centrally in autumn 2003.

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the projected overspend for each NHS trust in this financial year. [96409]

Mr. Hutton: The audited information in respect of the 2002–03 financial performance of all national health service trusts will be published in their individual annual

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accounts. The audited information will be available centrally in autumn 2003. We have no plans to publish unaudited information.

Patients Forums

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 January 2003, Official Report, column 686W, when he expects the first patient forum to be established; and what the timetable is for the establishment of patient forums across the country. [96085]

Mr. Lammy: The Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health is responsible for recruiting members, appointing staff and putting in place the infrastructure for patients' forums. This process will be well under way by the time community health councils are abolished in September and the Commission will be working towards the achievement of full coverage of forums by the end of the year.

Primary Care Trusts

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) primary care trust allocations are for (i) 2003–04, (ii) 2004–05 and (iii) 2005–06 and (b) notional primary care trust allocations will be for those years on the assumption that the allocations formula for 2002–03 was still used, for (A) each primary care trust within the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area and (B) the Thames Valley as a whole. [95605]

Ms Blears: Central information regarding allocations is held on primary care trust (PCT) basis. PCT revenue allocations for 2003–04, 2004–05 and 2005–06 in the Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority area are shown in the table.

Information on what PCT allocations would have been using the formula for 2002–03 is not available. Having introduced changes to the weighted capitation formula, following a wide ranging review, there was no operational reason to produce notional allocations based on an old formula.

Thousand

2003–042004–052005–06
Bracknell Forest76,89783,84091,268
Cherwell Vale91,592100,434109,922
Chiltern and South Bucks117,675128,126139,308
Milton Keynes167,638183,498200,679
Newbury and Community74,03981,25189,016
North East Oxfordshire50,19354,98360,151
Oxford City142,974155,681169,243
Reading160,450175,771192,392
Slough98,923108,728119,200
South East Oxfordshire57,71063,16369,075
South West Oxfordshire139,950152,859166,890
Vale of Aylesbury143,593157,179171,899
Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead129,700141,407153,916
Wokingham100,104109,406119,512
Wycombe107,852117,956128,925
Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority total1,659,2911,814,2811,981,395


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