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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people who have received a referral from their general practitioner are waiting to be accepted onto a hospital waiting list after (a) one month, (b) two months, (c) three months and (d) six months, broken down by NHS trust. 
National health service trusts should place patients on their waiting list upon receipt of referral from a general practitioner. There should therefore be no significant delay between a GP making a referral and the trust placing the patient on the waiting list.
By 31 December 2005, all patients will be able to book their appointment at the point of referral. GPs will be able to book an appointment direct from their surgery while the patient waits, or, if preferred, the patient can telephone a call centre to book their hospital appointment when they get home.
Mr. Hutton: The indicators to be used in the 200304 National Health Service performance ratings were published by the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) on 18 December 2003. Full details can be found on the CHI website at: www.chi.nhs.uk. The results of the 200304 assessment will be published by the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2003, Official Report, columns 112830W, on national health statistics, whether decisions have now been made on NHS statistical collections which will be discontinued. 
Mr. Hutton [holding answer 23 February 2004]: The Department's review of national health service statistical collections is continuing, and final decisions on discontinuing returns have not yet been made.
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Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 18 December 2003, Official Report, columns 112830W, on national health statistics, if he will publish, for each set of statistics which the Department has not collected since 1999, the figures for each of the five years prior to collection being discontinued. 
Professional advice and support programmes: Community Maternity Services (KC54): statistics were published in the series "Community Maternity Services: summary information for England" for each year 199596 to 19992000. The most recent is available at www.publications.doh.gov.uk/public/kc549900.htm
Clinical psychology (KT24): statistics were published in the series "Clinical Psychology: summary information for England" for each year 19992000 to 200203. The three most recent publications are available at:
Summary of patient activity (KP70): statistics were published in the series "Ordinary and day case admissions" for each year 199495 to 199798. Figures on ordinary and day case admission are available from the Hospital Episode Statistics system for 199899 onwards at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsandStatistics/Statistics/HospitalEpisodeStatistics
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Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department will respond to the consultation on proposals to reform and modernise the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: We are considering carefully the report, received in January 2004, of the expert advisory group set up to advise how best to implement our proposals to reform the NHS (Pharmaceutical Services) Regulations 1992. The group considered views received on the Department's consultation document issued in August 2003. We will make further announcements as soon as possible.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much of the centrally funded initiatives and services and special allocations budget for 200304 (a) has not been spent and (b) has been transferred into another budget. 
Mr. Hutton: The Centrally Funded Initiatives and Services and Special Allocations (CFISSA) programme is fully committed in 200304. Approximately £37 million remains to be formally allocated to primary care trusts. In addition, further scheduled payments still need to be made in the period to 31 March 2004 in fulfilment of existing contracts and service level agreements.
|Overall CFISSA Programme announced in HSC 2002/012 (18 December 2002)||8,645|
|Less amount included in PCT initial resource limits||-207|
|Less amount included in PCT allocations for cost of living addition||-109|
|Other net changes to overall programme before February 2003||29|
|Starting point for 200304||8,358|
|In year changes to the programme|
|Net effect of in-year transfers to/from other Government Departments||338|
|Net transfers from FHS non-discretionary funds||1,656|
|Net transfers to/from Central Health and Miscellaneous Services programme||-30|
|Net transfers to/from Personal Social Services, Centrally Financed Services programme||40|
|Transfer from Capital||318|
|Net transfers to/from Admin||-6|
|Additional expenditure funded by higher levels of receipts||10|
|Reductions in PCT allocations to fund additional central expenditure||33|
|Pensions Indexation (additional funds from Treasury)||1,664|
|Cost of Capital and Discount Rate changes (additional funds from Treasury)||305|
|Inter-Year Flexibility as applied to the CFISSA programme||344|
|Overall effect of in-year changes||4,672|
|Revised level of CFISSA programme||13,030|
Mr. Hutton: Information on hospital closures ceased to be collected in 1991 following the introduction of the national health service internal market and trusts. Hospital reprovision will often lead to fewer hospital buildings (for example, because of consolidation on a single site), but the resulting modernised, fit-for-purpose new facilities will offer better patient care and better quality services.
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closures. Modernisation of primary care facilities will often lead to fewer, larger premises (for example, one-stop centres providing a wider range of services to patients).
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