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NHS Staff

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS staff have been attacked in (a) Lancashire, (b) Preston and (c) Chorley Hospital in each of the last five years; and how many of the attackers have been prosecuted in each case. [151240]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 27 January 2004]: The Department does not collect this information in the form requested. The Department does, however, collect information on reported incidents of violence, which includes verbal abuse. The table shows the number of recorded incidents of violence in national health service organisations in Lancashire for which information is available.

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Number of recorded incidents of violence in NHS organisations in Lancashire(31)

Primary care trust
Blackburn with Darwen PCT(32)625
Blackpool PCT(32)(32)59
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT(32)(32)109
Chorley and South Ribble PCT(32)04
Fylde PCT(32)(32)28
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT(32)(32)240
Preston PCT(32)(32)135
West Lancashire PCT(32)2926
Wyre PCT(32)(32)49
National health service trust
Blackburn, Hyndburn and Ribble Valley Health Care NHS Trust45949678
Blackpool Victoria Hospital NHS Trust377(32)(32)
Blackpool Wyre and Fylde Community Health Services NHS Trust631362124
Burnley Healthcare NHS Trust53118557
Calderstones NHS Trust519340273
Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust(33)78422(32)
Communicare NHS Trust373132(32)
Guild Community Healthcare NHS Trust370408(32)
Lancashire Ambulance Service NHS Trust112161104
Lancashire Care NHS Trust(32)(32)1,353
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust(32)(32)399
North Sefton and West Lancashire Community NHS Trust190(32)(32)

(31) Organisations in Lancashire for which information is available.

(32) Not applicable or not available.

(33) Includes Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.


1. In April 2002, Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust was dissolved. Most of its staff were incorporated into Lancashire Care NHS Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. In April 2002, Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust was dissolved. Most of its staff were incorporated into Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. For 2000–01, a combined return was received from Preston Acute Hospitals and Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust.

2. Violence incidents are those reported that include verbal or physical abuse.

3. Figures for 2001–02 are from surveys by the Department of Health and the National Audit Office.


Department of Health Surveys of Violence, Accidents and Harassment in the NHS National Audit Office.

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what surveys he has conducted to determine morale of staff in NHS hospitals in the west Midlands; if he will publish the results; and if he will make a statement. [163824]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 26 March 2004]: The Department does not conduct surveys of local national health service staff. However, NHS employers have been required to conduct local staff opinion surveys since April 2000. The surveys were for local use only and the results were not collected nationally.

The Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) took on the responsibility for conducting and publishing the results of both national staff and patient surveys from April 2003.

Copies of the survey can be obtained from CHI's website at CHI will be publishing a more detailed breakdown of the survey results in its "State of the NHS" report, planned for June 2004.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the numbers of NHS (a) doctors and (b) nurses in Crosby in each of the last seven years; [160390]

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Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is not available on a constituency basis. Information is collected on a national health service trust basis and a primary care trust basis from 2001–02.

The information available has been placed in the Library.

North Bristol NHS Trust

Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the role of (a) the Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority and (b) his Department in determining the progress of the strategic outline case being prepared by North Bristol NHS Trust. [164383]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The process for the next prioritisation round is detailed as follows:

Health communities will describe their proposals for major capital investments in strategic outline cases (SOCs) and these will form the basis of the scheme's assessment. SOCs must demonstrate both health service need and deliverability. Both the trust and the main commissioners must be in agreement that the investment is likely to be affordable and deliverable. In addition the "host'' strategic health authority (SHA), the SHA within which the proposed investment will fall, must agree that these assessments are realistic before submitting the SOC to the Department.

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Central assessment will not second guess the SHA's view on health service need; instead, it will concentrate on factors that influence the deliverability of the scheme, including the quality of stakeholder support, project management arrangements and technical considerations.

SOCs will be peer-reviewed by other SHAs operating as part of a technical group, coordinated and guided by the Department. The technical group will report to the Department of Health which will make a recommendation to Ministers. We expect decisions to be announced in the summer.


Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the performance of the Levent ophthalmology teams contracted by Trent Strategic Health Authority; and what plans he has to extend their contracts in the Trent region. [163341]

Dr. Ladyman: The Levent ophthalmology team contracted by Trent Strategic Health Authority (SHA) has operated on a total of 2,307 patients between September 2003 and March 2004. This exceeded the original contract volume by 859 patients.

Trent SHA report that it was very impressed by the working styles of the Levent clinics and their kind approach to patients.

The SHA is currently auditing clinical outcomes for the Levent project; which it anticipates will be completed within the next few months, when the final outcomes will be available. While the SHA has no plans to issue further contracts to Levent at this time, it has confirmed that Erewash Primary Care Trust is considering contracting further cataract surgery in 2004–05.

PET Scanners

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to publish the framework document for PET scanners. [163056]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department will publish a framework for Positron Emission Tomography scanning for consultation by early summer. Copies will be placed in the Library.

Prescription Drugs

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require pharmaceutical companies to publish the results of experiments involving prescription drugs. [163902]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There are no plans currently in place to require disclosure of the results of company research on prescription drugs. The Government welcome the pharmaceutical industry's support for the Department of Health's research governance framework for health and social care, which recognises that it is researchers' responsibility to ensure that research findings are opened to critical review through the accepted scientific and professional channels and disseminated promptly once established. The Government encourage the

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pharmaceutical industry to disclose research results to the maximum extent consistent with regulatory process and intellectual property rights.

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