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Haemophilia

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement of 12 February 2003, Official Report, column 51WS, on Haemophilia (Recombined Clotting Factors), how much will be allocated to (a) Chesham and Amersham and (b) Buckinghamshire. [100956]

Ms Blears: Over the coming months we will be working with key stakeholders including the Haemophilia Society, clinicians, primary care trusts (PCTs) and others to put in place a strategy to implement the availability of recombinant clotting factors. The amounts to be allocated to each PCT will be determined once a strategy is agreed.

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to monitor the use of the allocation of money to NHS haemophilia treatment centres in England for treating patients with genetically

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engineered recombinant instead of products made from human blood; when the first patients will receive the new treatment; how long it will take for all patients to be offered it; how much funding will be allocated in the first year; for how many years the funding will last; and if he will make a statement. [99652]

Ms Blears: Haemophilia patients up to the age of 21 are already receiving recombinant clotting factors. The £88 million will begin the process of extending these products to the remaining haemophilia patients aged over 21. The extra funding has been allocated over three years—£13 million in 2003–04, £21.7 million in 2004–05 and £53.4 million in 2005–06.

The Government's aim is that by March 2006 the vast majority of haemophilia patients should be receiving recombinant clotting factors. The Government will work with key stakeholders including the Haemophilia Society, the United Kingdom Haemophilia Centre Doctors Organisation, primary care trusts and others to put in place a strategy to roll out access to these products. This will include plans to monitor the implementation of this strategy. We aim to begin the roll out as soon as possible in the next financial year.

Care Homes (Yorkshire)

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent representations he has received concerning the shortage of nursing and residential care home places in York and North Yorkshire. [95203]

Jacqui Smith : I have had a number of representations regarding the situation in York and North Yorkshire.

York has been given a Building Care Capacity Grant of £658,000 for 2002–03 while North Yorkshire has been given £754,000. The councils have largely spent this on stabilising the local care home market.

Health Grants

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the grants funded by his Department for health (a) protection and (b) promotion for which individual members of the public and organisations may apply; how much such funding was made in the last financial year; how many awards were made; and what their administrative costs were. [99948]

Mr. Lammy: The Department makes grants to individuals and organisations, but the information is not held centrally.

The administration of grants is carried over by a number of different units within the Department to which a wide range of staff make a contribution. It is not possible to provide an accurate estimate of these costs.

Health Service Finance (Worcestershire)

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the deficit was of (a) the South Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, (b) the Wyre Forest Primary Care Trust, (c) the Bromsgrove and Redditch Primary Care Trust, (d) the Worcestershire Mental Health Trust, (e) the Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Trust and (f) the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust at

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the beginning of the current financial year; and what his most recent estimate is of the deficit of each of the Trusts by the end of the financial year. [99659]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is shown in the table.

Beginningyear deficit£ millionCurrent forecast deficit £ million
South Worcester PCT0(1.3)5.05
Wyre Forest PCT0 (0.2)0.85
Redditch & Bromsgrove PCT0 (0.7)2.40
Worcester Mental Health Trust00.00
Hereford & Worcester Ambulance00.00
Worcester Acute07.30

Each primary care trust (PCT) was a new organisation as of 1 April 2003 and hence had no brought forward deficit. However, the figures in parentheses represent the subsequent allocation of the deficit incurred by Worcestershire Health Authority, their predecessor organisation.

Source:West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority


Health Services (Children)

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many paediatric intensive care nurses have been employed in the NHS in each of the last six years, expressed as whole time equivalent posts. [100492]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the number of paediatric intensive care nurses employed in the national health service is not collected centrally. Paediatric intensive care nurses are included in the total for paediatric nurses. The number of paediatric nurses employed in the NHS is shown in the table.

NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS): Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed in the paediatric area of work in England as at 30 September each year

Whole-time equivalentsHeadcount
199612,59015,520
199712,59015,340
199813,08016,270
199913,38016,690
200013,64016,920
200114,00017,640

Notes:

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

Figures exclude agency staff.

Source:

Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census.

The number of whole-time equivalent paediatric nurses employed in the NHS has increased by 1,410, or 11 per cent., between September 1996 and 2001.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will ask the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to appraise the evidence relating to treating infant medical health problems. [100556]

Jacqui Smith: It is the role of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to provide patients, health professionals and the public with authoritative, robust and reliable guidance on both individual health

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technologies, including medicines, medical devices, diagnostic techniques, and procedures and the clinical management of specific conditions—some of these relating specifically to treating infant medical health problems.

Hospital Food

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish figures for 2003 on the six key targets of the Better Hospital Food Programme. [100410]

Mr. Lammy: Details of the number of hospitals meeting the key targets will be announced in due course.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the second stage of the Better Hospital Food Programme consists of. [100411]

Mr. Lammy: An announcement will be made at the Hospital Caterers Association Annual Conference on 24 April 2003.

Mental Health Acute Hospital (Northampton)

Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the negotiations for public-private projects in regard to the Mental Health Acute Hospital in Northampton. [100802]

Mr. Lammy: A new facility, with a capital value of £20 million, is to be procured via the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) in South Northamptonshire, including Daventry and South Northants Primary Care Trust and Northampton Primary Care Trust, to develop the provision of in-patient acute mental health care for the south of the county. 13 expressions of interest were received and evaluated to six who received the pre-invitation to negotiate (ITN).

The pre-ITN responses were evaluated and three bidders were selected to receive the final ITN. The trust anticipates issuing the best and final offer instructions to the three remaining bidders in May 2003, based on the revised clinical model (similar bed numbers, different configuration) and provision of hard facilities management services only. This mirrors the trust's PFI re-provision for the north of the county where they are at preferred bidder stage, anticipating financial close in May-June 2003.

Ministerial Visits

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have been visited by his ministerial colleagues in the Department since 1 January 2002. [100416]

Mr. Lammy: Since 1 January 2002, Department of Health Ministers have visited 79 hospital sites. A number of these sites have been visited on more than one occasion, resulting in a total of 100 ministerial visits.

A full list of hospitals visited has been placed in the Library.


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