|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will estimate the cost in each of the next 10 financial years from 200607, net of savings in means-tested benefits and additional income tax revenues, of paying from April 2006 a basic state pension to all single people aged 75 or above at the rate of the guarantee credit for single people regardless of contribution record, and a basic state pension to all couples where one or both partners is aged 75 or above at the rate of the guarantee credit for couples, with that pension being indexed to earnings in subsequent years, and assuming that the savings credit is abolished for those aged 75 or above. 
Malcolm Wicks: The number of senior citizens in the Stalybridge and Hyde constituency who have benefited from a winter fuel payment in each year since 19992000 (including provisional figures for 200304) is in the table. Information relating to the 199798 and 199899 winters is not available.
Dr. Ladyman: The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital PFI scheme was the fourth major PFI scheme to reach financial close and sign contracts. The Norfolk and Norwich is a high quality hospital and was recently named among the top 40 hospitals in the UK by an international company involved in measuring healthcare performance.
Miss Melanie Johnson:
We already have standards to ensure there is a managed environment which minimises the risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors. We are confident that implementation of our action plan
4 May 2004 : Column 1463W
"Winning Ways" will reduce infection rates for all healthcare associated infections including methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus.
Miss Melanie Johnson: Currently 145 dentists are treating NHS patients in the Leeds area. The overall number of dentists treating NHS patients in Leeds has remained similar for the 12 months to December 2003, the latest data that we have available. The primary care trusts in Leeds are currently preparing action plans to submit to West Yorkshire Strategic Health Authority, which include plans to increase the numbers of dentists accepting NHS patients locally.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The whole of the South West Peninsula strategic health authority area has been identified as an "Options for Change" field site, and dentists are increasingly opting for the new ways of working that Personal Dental Services allows. Teignbridge PCX, along with others in the Peninsula, is currently working on a Dental Action Plan which is expected to be agreed later this month.
Miss Melanie Johnson: Strategic health authorities are responsible for agreeing local national health service plans informed by public health reports. SHAs are leading work on monitoring the performance of primary care trusts, and take a particular interest in areas experiencing health inequalities. We are in discussion with SHAs about ways of assessing the impact of these reports.
Since 1997 the Government have been active in promoting better and more consistent standards of care for older people through the publication and implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People and National Minimum Standards of care for a range of services. Raising standards of care is the best way to minimise abuse and neglect. In addition the statutory guidance "No Secrets" provides a national framework for local councils and partner agencies to use in developing local multi-agency codes of practice to prevent and tackle abuse. Local codes of practice had to be in place by October 2001. Shortly, the Government will also implement the
4 May 2004 : Column 1464W
Protection of Vulnerable Adults scheme, which will act as a work force ban on those that have harmed vulnerable adults in their care.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is funding Diabetes UKthe major charity for people with diabetesto undertake a user involvement project to help people with diabetes become fully involved in local decision making about their diabetes services.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|