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Cardiac Care

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people from each primary care trust

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area in England received cardiac treatment at Brighton hospitals in the most recent year for which information is available. [154873]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 12 February 2004]: Information on number of people from each primary care trust (PCT) area in England who have received cardiac treatment at Brighton hospitals, is shown in the table. The latest information available is for 2002–03.

Cardiac procedures (OPCS4 codes K01-K71). All operation count of Episodes. Finished admission Episodes—For Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust by PCT of residence. NHS hospitals in England, 2002–03

PCT of residenceTotal episodes
5LQBrighton and Hove City PCT938
5LTSussex Downs and Weald PCT470
5L8Adur, Arun and Worthing PCT438
5FKMid-Sussex PCT420
5LREastbourne Downs PCT344
5FHBexhill and Rother PCT184
5DGIsle of Wight PCT158
5FJHastings and St. Leonards PCT153
5MCHorsham and Chanctonbury PCT149
5KQEast Surrey PCT103
5KVPoole PCT97
5MACrawley PCT65
5L9Western Sussex PCT57
5FNSouth and East Dorset PCT43
5CEBournemouth PCT28
5L2Maidstone Weald PCT23
5KPEast Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT22
5MVWolverhampton City PCT19
5FDEast Hampshire PCT12
5LXFareham and Gosport PCT12
5HTDudley South PCT11
5M3Walsall PCT10
5CMDartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT9
5FEPortsmouth City PCT7
5HVDudley Beacon and Castle PCT6
5CDNorth Dorset PCT6
5MHRowley Regis and Tipton PCT6
5DQBurntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT*
5FPSouth West Dorset PCT*
5FFSouth West Kent PCT*
5M1South Birmingham PCT*
5L5Guildford and Waverley PCT*
5MWNorth Birmingham PCT*
5MNSouth Western Staffordshire PCT*
5MJWednesbury and West Bromwich PCT*
5L7Woking PCT*
5DRWyre Forest PCT*
5LLAshford PCT*
5GDBedford PCT*
5AXBexley PCT*
5G6Blackwater Valley and Hart PCT*
5MYEastern Birmingham PCT*
5LNEast Kent Coastal PCT*
5MGOldbury and Smethwick PCT*
5D1Solihull PCT*
5MTSouth Worcestershire PCT*
5L4Swale PCT*
5C4Tower Hamlets PCT*
5D2West Lincolnshire PCT*
5A9Barnet PCT*
5GEBedfordshire Heartlands PCT*
5HPBlackpool PCT*
5JGBristol South and West PCT*
5LMCanterbury and Coastal PCT*
5D4Carlisle and District PCT*
5K9Croydon PCT*
5HXEaling PCT*
5A8Greenwich PCT*
5A4Havering PCT*
5MXHeart of Birmingham Teaching PCT*
5HYHounslow PCT*
5LDLambeth PCT*
5LFLewisham PCT*
5D3Lincolnshire South West Teaching PCT*
5L3Medway PCT*
5E9Mid-Hampshire PCT*
5DDMorecambe Bay PCT*
5APNewark and Sherwood PCT*
5D7Newcastle PCT*
5A1New Forest PCT*
5DLReading PCT*
5MRRedditch and Bromsgrove PCT*
5KKScarborough, Whitby and Ryedale PCT*
5LPShepway PCT*
5DJSouth Wiltshire PCT*
5M7Sutton and Merton PCT*
5GNUttlesford PCT*
5GVWatford and Three Rivers PCT*
5LCWestminster PCT*
5DNWokingham PCT*


1. Finished admission episodes—A finished admission episode is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.

2. All Operations count of Episodes—These figures represent a count of all FCEs where the procedure was mentioned in any of the 12 (4 prior to 2002–03) operation fields in a HES record. A record is only included once in each count, even if an operation is mentioned in more than one operation field of the record.

3. Low Numbers—Due to reasons of confidentiality, figures between 1 and 5 have been suppressed and replaced with an asterisk.

4. Grossing—Figures have not (yet) been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).


Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health.

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Care Homes

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of differences in fee levels for care home places in different parts of the country. [155806]

Dr. Ladyman: Independent data published in July 2003 found that the number of care home places available nationally exceeded demand by 10,000. Where there are local capacity issues to be addressed, it is for local councils to assess the need for care home places in their areas in the light of local circumstances and preferences and to commission services to meet assessed needs. They should act in consultation with people needing services and local providers.

Children's NHS Framework

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he will publish the Children's National Health Service Framework; and if he will make a statement. [155539]

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Dr. Ladyman: The national service framework for children, young people and maternity services will be published later this year.

Clinical Negligence

Mr. Hurst: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost to the national health service resulting from clinical negligence was in each year from 1990 to 2002. [156016]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The total cost of medical negligence in each year since 1996, as prepared by the National Audit Office and presented in the National Health Service Summarised Accounts for England, is in the table. Information for the period 1990 to 1995 was not collected centrally.

£ millions

In year expenditure


Changes to accounting policies imposed by Her Majesty's Treasury over the years mean that these amounts are not directly comparable.

Community Health Councils

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how many former community health council premises which are empty, payments for (a) leases, (b) rent, (c) rates and (d) security costs are still being made; [149762]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There are currently 96 vacant community health council offices and the estimated cost for rent, rates, services and security is £1.62 million per annum. A number of these premises are under offer or are awaiting sale or assignment to other bodies, including national health service organisations, and the position will change as these progress.

Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of abolishing community health councils. [149776]

Ms Rosie Winterton: It is not possible to give the exact costs for abolishing community health councils (CHCs). We have estimated the running costs for CHCs from 1 April to 1 December 2003 and for a residual period up to March 2004 at £15 million. Additionally, redundancy costs are estimated at £14.9 million and the estimated costs for rent, rates, servicing and security of vacant CHC offices is £1.62 million per annum. A number of these premises are under offer or are awaiting sale or assignment to other bodies, including national health service organisations, and the position will change as these progress.

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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action the Government is taking to promote the use of reusable nappies in hospitals. [154771]

Dr. Ladyman: The Government firmly believes that women and their families should be given information on the use of both re-usable and disposable nappies to make an informed choice. The Pregnancy Book and Birth to Five are two comprehensive information booklets produced by the Department of Health, which are given free to all first time mothers. Both publications give detailed information on both reusable and disposable nappies, including information about nappy laundering services, and suggest that parents ask their midwife to show them how to fold/pin terry nappies if they decide to use them.

It is for individual units and trusts to decide on the practicalities of promoting the use of terry nappies in their own maternity units.

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent on the (a) purchase and (b) disposal of (i) disposable nappies and (ii) reusable nappies in the last year for which figures are available. [154772]

Dr. Ladyman: The National Health Service provides very few nappies for newborn babies; mothers are encouraged to provide their own nappies. The main exception is extremely premature babies, for whom commercially available nappies are too large. NHS-bought nappies are therefore provided.

The vast majority of nappies purchased by the NHS are provided for children with disabilities who are incontinent. We do not have central information on the purchase of reusable nappies.

During the financial year 2002–03, the NHS bought approximately 12 million disposable nappies, with a value of £1.5 million.

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