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Gosport War Memorial Hospital

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from relatives of deceased patients in the Gosport War Memorial Hospital in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [132643]

Ms Rosie Winterton: In the last 12 months, we have received seven letters from relatives of patients who died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. As the hon. Member is aware, there is an on-going police inquiry into the deaths of patients at the hospital and it would therefore not be appropriate for me to make any further comments.

Hospital Beds

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made towards the target for extra hospital beds in the NHS. [132353]

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Mr. Hutton: The latest available statistics for 2002–03 showed that general and acute beds increased by 1,600 to 136,679 over the previous three years. This represents 75 per cent. of the target set out in the NHS Plan.

Inpatient Treatment

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people are waiting for inpatient hospital treatment in the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust area. [132931]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 23 October 2003]: The number of patients waiting for elective inpatient admission at Mid Essex Hospital Services National Health Service Trust was 8,120 at 31 August 2003.
Source:Department of Health form KH07.

Local Pharmacy Services Pilots

John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which services are included in Local Pharmacy Services pilots. [133269]

Ms Rosie Winterton: All local pharmaceutical services (LPS) pilots include the dispensing of some prescriptions. Beyond that, the services provided vary from one pilot to another. Examples of LPS pilot schemes approved to date include provision of pharmaceutical services (including translation service where required) to a local ethnic minority, medication reviews for the elderly, liaison and support in medication taking upon discharge from secondary care, out-of-hours services, access to minor ailment schemes, provision of compliance aids and health promotion and advice, as well as needle exchange, dispensing and supervision of consumption for drug misusers.

John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many Local Pharmacy Services pilots are running; and which areas they serve. [133270]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The tables show the locations of local pharmaceutical services (LPS) pilots which have commenced. 2002 was the first year of the scheme and there were two waves (1A and 1B) of LPS pilots. A further three pilots were approved and will start in the near future. Three proposals received preliminary approval and full proposals are awaited for these.

Primary care trusts Locations served
Wave 1A Approvals
Salford PCTLower Kersal and Charlestown
Central Manchester on behalf of Central, North and South Manchester PCTsAncoats, Blackley, Cheetham, Clayton, Newton Heath, (North Manchester) Burnage, Chorlton, Wythenshawe (South Manchester), Ardwick, Chorlton, Gorton, Levenshulme, Rusholme, Whalley Range (Central Manchester)
Northumberland PCTBelford
Wave 1B Approvals
Northumberland Care TrustBerwick-on-Tweed
Lambeth PCTAcross PCT
Southwark PCTAcross PCT
Lewisham PCTAcross PCT
Camden PCTSomers Town
Trafford North PCTLostock
St. Helens PCTSt. Helens
Blackpool PCTAcross PCT
Harrow PCTStanmore South
Wandsworth PCTFairfield Ward
Chesterfield PCTChesterfield and North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust
South Liverpool PCTWest Speke
Brighton and Hove City PCTAcross PCT

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Long-term Care

Mr. Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the comments of the Royal Commission on long-term care of 29 September 2003, with special reference to the Government's policy on means testing personal care; and what plans he has to meet the members of the Royal Commission to discuss the issues which they have raised. [132640]

Dr. Ladyman: The Government have accepted each of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on long-term care except the recommendation to provide free personal care. We stand by that decision.

Our decision has allowed us to invest an additional £1 billion by 2006 towards the care of older people in a variety of ways, including measures to support more older people to continue to live in their homes. If we had implemented the recommendation of the Royal Commission, we would not have been able to provide increased domiciliary care for older people, nor would we have been able to provide additional care home places and alternatives such as extra care housing or additional support for carers.

I have no plans to meet the members of the Royal Commission to discuss the issues they have raised.

Mental Health

Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list for each primary care trust the number of mental health patients. [132220]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not centralise information about the diagnoses given to patients; exact information about the number of people with a mental health problem in each primary care trust is therefore not available.

However, the Office for National Statistics (ONS), which is responsible for compiling, analysing and disseminating information relating to United Kingdom economic, social and demographic statistics, reports that about one in six adults were assessed as having a neurotic disorder in the week before interview. The ONS report, "Psychiatric morbidity among adults living in private households, 2000" is available at It gives an indication of the factors with which variations in the prevalence of mental health problems are associated.


Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether independent midwives will be included within

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the scope of the NHS Litigation Authority; and if he will make a statement. [133329]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The NHS Litigation Authority administers the clinical negligence scheme for trusts. Advice to the national health service in "Health Service Guideline (96)48: NHS Indemnity, Arrangements for Clinical Negligence Claims in the NHS", states that independent midwives are responsible for making their own indemnity arrangements, as are other self-employed health care professionals. A review of NHS indemnity is about to commence and the status of all health care professionals under NHS indemnity will be examined. No decision has been made concerning independent midwives.

NHS Senior Management

Mr. Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) pursuant to his Answer of 1 September 2003, Official Report, column 948W, on NHS senior management, if he will list the headings of the record fields held in the database of senior leaders compiled by the NHS Appointments Commission; [133609]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I have asked the Chairman of the National Health Service Appointments Commission to write to the hon. Member on these questions. A copy of his letter will be placed in the Library.

Parliamentary Questions

Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the hon. Member for West Worcestershire will receive a response to PQ1035099. [134328]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This letter was transferred to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. My hon. Friend the Minister for Environment and Agri-Environment (Mr. Elliot Morley) wrote to the hon. Member on Wednesday 22 October.

Patient Deaths

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of patients' deaths occurred within 30 days of surgery in Hull and the East Riding in (a) 2002 and (b) 2003. [132399]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Figures on the number and proportion of patient deaths within 30 days of surgery are compiled by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) and included on its website.

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Figures for 2002 for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust are available on the CHI website at

Data for the calendar year 2003 will not be available until the year is complete and will be published in the 2004 NHS star ratings.

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Personal Dental Services Pilots

John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health in which areas Personal Dental Services pilots have been introduced. [133271]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There were 95 personal dental service (PDS) pilots supplying data to the Dental Practice Board at the end of September 2003. The table shows the primary care trusts in which each of them were operating.

PDS PilotPrimary Care Trust(29)
BedfordshireBedford; Bedfordshire Heartlands
Buckingham—Aylesbury ValeVale of Aylesbury
Cornwall DACWest of Cornwall; Central Cornwall
Ealing, Hammersmith and HounslowHammersmith and Fulham; Ealing; Hounslow
East London and the CityTower Hamlets
Lambeth, Southwark and LewishamLambeth; Southwark; Lewisham
LiverpoolCentral Liverpool
North EssexColchester
Shropshire DACShropshire County; Telford and Wrekin
South Cheshire—Ellesmere PortCheshire West; Ellesmere Port and Neston; Ashton, Leigh and Wigan
Southern DerbyshireCentral Derby; Erewash; Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire
South LancashireChorley and South Ribble; West Lancashire
TeesNorth Tees
South Derbyshire General AnaestheticCentral Derby; Amber Valley
Bedfordshire Restorative CareLuton
Bromley DACBromley
Darlington General AnaestheticDarlington
East YorkshireEast Yorkshire; Yorkshire Wolds and Coast
Gloucestershire DACCheltenham and Tewkesbury; West Gloucestershire; Cotswold and Vale
Isle of WightIsle of Wight
LeasoweBirkenhead and Wallasey
Manchester DAC—Kath LockeCentral Manchester
Sefton—NethertonSouth Sefton
North DerbyChesterfield
Rock FerryBirkenhead and Wallasey
Salford and Trafford HomelessSalford
Southampton and South West HampshireNew Forest; Southampton City; Eastleigh and Test Valley South
South Derbyshire TransitionalAmber Valley; Greater Derby; Derbyshire Dales and South Derbyshire
West SussexMid Sussex; Adur, Arun and Worthing; Western Sussex; Crawley; Horsham and Chanctonbury
Swindon DACWest Wiltshire; Swindon; Kennet and North Wiltshire
Wolverhampton DACWolverhampton City
Worcestershire DACWyre Forest; Shropshire County; South Worcestershire
Peterborough DACNorth Peterborough
Avon DACBath and North East Somerset; Bristol South and West
BirminghamSouth Birmingham; North Birmingham; Heart of Birmingham; Eastern Birmingham
Brighton DACBrighton and Hove City; Eastbourne Downs
Bury and Rochdale DACBury, Rochdale
Camden and IslingtonCamden; Islington
Macclesfield DACCentral Cheshire; Eastern Cheshire
CreweCentral Cheshire
County Durham MobileDerwentside
East Kent DACAshford; Canterbury and Coastal; East Kent Coastal; Shepway
Eden Valley DACCarlisle and District PCT
GamesleyTameside and Glossop
Herefordshire DACHerefordshire
Hull and East Riding DACEast Yorkshire; Yorkshire Wolds and Coast; Eastern Hull; West Hull
West Norfolk and Wisbech DACWest Norfolk; East Cambridgeshire and Fenland
Lincolnshire DACWest Lincolnshire; Lincolnshire South West; East Lincolnshire
Milton Keynes DACMilton Keynes
North and East Devon DACNorth Devon; Exeter; East Devon; Mid Devon
North Merseyside DACNorth Liverpool; Central Liverpool; St. Helens
North MerseysideCentral Liverpool; St. Helens
North Staffordshire DACNorth Stoke
Oxfordshire DACNorth East Oxfordshire; Cherwell Vale; Oxford City; South East Oxfordshire; South West Oxfordshire
PendleBurnley, Pendle and Rossendale
Plymouth DACPlymouth
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire DACEast Hampshire; Fareham and Gosport
Somerset DACSomerset Coast; Mendip; South Somerset; Taunton Deane
ChesterCheshire West
South Staffordshire DACSouth Western Staffordshire
TiptonRowley, Regis and Tipton; Wednesbury and West Bromwich
Victoria Mill DACCentral Manchester; North Manchester
Warrington DACHalton; Warrington
Warwickshire DACSouth Warwickshire
East and West Surrey DACEast Elmbridge and Mid Surrey; East Surrey; Guildford and Waverley; North Surrey; Woking Area
North Cumbria DAC—EgremontWest Cumbria
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey DACBarnet; Enfield
Slough DACNewbury and Community; Reading; Slough; Wokingham; South East Oxfordshire; Bracknell Forest; Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead; Chiltern and South Bucks
Walsall DACWalsall
Leicestershire DACEastern Leicestershire
Morecambe Bay DACMorecambe Bay
BlackburnBlackburn with Darwen
BedfordshireLuton; Bedford; Bedfordshire Heartlands
North Norfolk DACNorwich; Broadland
Bury St. Edmonds and West Suffolk DACCentral Suffolk; Suffolk West
St. Helen and KnowsleySt. Helens
East LancashireBurnley, Pendle and Rossendale
BradfordBradford City
Leeds DACLeeds West; Leeds North East; East Leeds; South Leeds; Leeds North West
Newcastle and North Tyneside DACNewcastle
Northamptonshire DACDaventry and South Northamptonshire; Northampton
Scarborough DACSelby and York; Hambleton and Richmondshire; Craven, Harrogate and Rural District; Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale
CornwallNorth and East Cornwall; Central Cornwall
Nottingham DACNottingham City
SandwellRowley, Regis and Tipton; Wednesbury and West Bromwich
Solihull DACSolihull

(29) All Primary Care Trusts the pilot operates in.


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