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area in England received cardiac treatment at Brighton hospitals in the most recent year for which information is available. 
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 200203.
|PCT of residence||Total episodes|
|5LQ||Brighton and Hove City PCT||938|
|5LT||Sussex Downs and Weald PCT||470|
|5L8||Adur, Arun and Worthing PCT||438|
|5LR||Eastbourne Downs PCT||344|
|5FH||Bexhill and Rother PCT||184|
|5DG||Isle of Wight PCT||158|
|5FJ||Hastings and St. Leonards PCT||153|
|5MC||Horsham and Chanctonbury PCT||149|
|5KQ||East Surrey PCT||103|
|5L9||Western Sussex PCT||57|
|5FN||South and East Dorset PCT||43|
|5L2||Maidstone Weald PCT||23|
|5KP||East Elmbridge and Mid Surrey PCT||22|
|5MV||Wolverhampton City PCT||19|
|5FD||East Hampshire PCT||12|
|5LX||Fareham and Gosport PCT||12|
|5HT||Dudley South PCT||11|
|5CM||Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT||9|
|5FE||Portsmouth City PCT||7|
|5HV||Dudley Beacon and Castle PCT||6|
|5CD||North Dorset PCT||6|
|5MH||Rowley Regis and Tipton PCT||6|
|5DQ||Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT||*|
|5FP||South West Dorset PCT||*|
|5FF||South West Kent PCT||*|
|5M1||South Birmingham PCT||*|
|5L5||Guildford and Waverley PCT||*|
|5MW||North Birmingham PCT||*|
|5MN||South Western Staffordshire PCT||*|
|5MJ||Wednesbury and West Bromwich PCT||*|
|5DR||Wyre Forest PCT||*|
|5G6||Blackwater Valley and Hart PCT||*|
|5MY||Eastern Birmingham PCT||*|
|5LN||East Kent Coastal PCT||*|
|5MG||Oldbury and Smethwick PCT||*|
|5MT||South Worcestershire PCT||*|
|5C4||Tower Hamlets PCT||*|
|5D2||West Lincolnshire PCT||*|
|5GE||Bedfordshire Heartlands PCT||*|
|5JG||Bristol South and West PCT||*|
|5LM||Canterbury and Coastal PCT||*|
|5D4||Carlisle and District PCT||*|
|5MX||Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT||*|
|5D3||Lincolnshire South West Teaching PCT||*|
|5DD||Morecambe Bay PCT||*|
|5AP||Newark and Sherwood PCT||*|
|5A1||New Forest PCT||*|
|5MR||Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT||*|
|5KK||Scarborough, Whitby and Ryedale PCT||*|
|5DJ||South Wiltshire PCT||*|
|5M7||Sutton and Merton PCT||*|
|5GV||Watford and Three Rivers PCT||*|
1. Finished admission episodesA 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 EpisodesThese figures represent a count of all FCEs where the procedure was mentioned in any of the 12 (4 prior to 200203) 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 NumbersDue to reasons of confidentiality, figures between 1 and 5 have been suppressed and replaced with an asterisk.
4. GrossingFigures 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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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.
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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.
|In year expenditure|
Changes to accounting policies imposed by Her Majesty's Treasury over the years mean that these amounts are not directly comparable.
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; 
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.
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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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.
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. 
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.
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