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Public Health Action Plan

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the timetable is for (a) publishing and (b) implementing the Public Health Action Plan proposed in Choosing Health. [172521]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Secretary of State for Health launched "Choosing Health? A consultation on action to improve people's health" on 3 March 2004. The formal consultation period runs until 28 May 2004. The consultation will feed into a White Paper to be
 
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published this summer. The White Paper will set out the Government's plans to improve health, including the timetable for implementation.

Skin Diseases

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans his Department has to extend chronic disease management clinics to cover skin diseases; and if he will make a statement. [169713]


 
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Mr. Hutton: Primary care trusts, in partnership with local stakeholders, have the responsibility for deciding what services to provide for their populations including those with skin conditions. They are best placed to understand local health needs and commission services to meet them.

St. George's Hospital

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what development projects are proposed for St. George's Hospital, Tooting within the next three years; and what the estimated cost is of each. [173079]

Mr. Hutton: St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust is projecting a capital spend of £16.4 million in 2004–05 on a number of small capital projects including an endoscopy unit, modernisation of the pharmacy facilities, upgrading of intermediate care facilities and a new maxillofacial laboratory. Delivery of this capital programme is dependent on the trust and South West London Strategic Health Authority working together to identify the funding streams.

The capital programme beyond 2004–05 has yet to be agreed.

Staff Turnover

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent on staff turnover (a) at North West London Hospitals Trust and (b) in the North West London Strategic Health Authority in each year since 1997; [172799]

(2) what the percentage turnover of nursing staff was at North West London NHS Trust in the latest period for which figures are available. [172800]

Mr. Hutton: Information on the percentage turnover of nursing staff or on how much is spent on staff turnover is not collected centrally.

Teenage Sexual Health

Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the rate of incidence of each sexually transmitted disease was in teenagers in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [167395]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Rates of diagnoses of each of the five most common sexually transmitted infections among teenagers from 1995 to 2002 are shown in the tables.
Rates (per 100,000) of diagnoses of selected STIs in 13–19 year olds, England: 1995–2002

Infectious syphilis (primary and secondary
            Males
            Females
DiagnosesRatesDiagnosesRates
199530.120.1
159650.230.2
199730.130.1
199850.230.1
199950.2120.6
200060.380.4
2001120.5120.6
2002271.2190.9








 
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Gonorrhoea

            Males
            Females
DiagnosesRatesDiagnosesRates
199571635.41,13057.3
199691144.71,49975.3
19971,08352.31,55777.0
19981,02248.41,62579.2
19991,39264.81,97495.0
20001,89187.32,516121.0
20012,04192.22,819133.6
20022,252101.83,005142.4

Chlamydia

            Males
            Females
DiagnosesRatesDiagnosesRates
19951,18358.65,083257.7
19961,39568.46,063304.5
19971,84689.17.764384.1
19982,3921,13.28,785427.9
19992,931136.410,515506.1
20003,688170.212,358594.1
20014,119186.113,746651.4
20025,181234.116,030759.7

Genital herpes (first attack)

            Males
            Females
DiagnosesRatesDiagnosesRates
199528113.91,69686.0
199626913.21,69985.3
199726312.71,84891.4
199832715.51,91893.4
199935316.41,96594.6
200039618.32.01296.7
200139117.72,180103.3
200239017.62,08198.6

Genital warts (first attack)

            Males
            Females
DiagnosesRatesDiagnosesRates
19951,80389.36,876348.6
19962,03399.77,685386.0
19972,469119.28,307410.9
19982,784131.78,648421.2
19993,087143.68,552411.6
20003,135144.78,331400.5
20013,131141.58,589407.0
20023,175143.58,656410.2




Source:
Health Protection Agency.



Waiting Lists/Times

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Burnley. [167944]

Miss Melanie Johnson: There were eight patients waiting more than nine months for heart surgery in the Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale Primary Care Trust area at 30 June 2002. As at 30 March 2004, there were no patients waiting more than six months.

Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of suspected cancer patients in Preston saw an NHS consultant within two weeks in each of the last seven years. [168110]


 
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Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is not collected on a constituency basis. The information shown in the table relates to the national health service organisations serving the Preston area.
Waiting times for first consultant out-patient appointment for suspected cancer following urgent GP referral

Seen within 2 weeks
NHS trustPercentageNumber
2000–01Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust98.8320
2000–01Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust100.0158
2001–02Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust100.0406
2001–02Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust100.0291
2002–03Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust100.0783
2003–04Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust100.0990




Note:
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals was established on 1 August 2002 from the acute services of Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust and Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.
Source:
DH form QMCW.



Mr. Hendrick: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on NHS waiting times for heart surgery in Preston. [168111]

Miss Melanie Johnson: There were three patients waiting more than nine months for heart surgery in the Preston Primary Care Trust area at 30 June 2002. As at 30 March 2004, there were no patients waiting more than six months.

Dr. Richard Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his target of 17 weeks' wait for a national health service out-patient referral starts from (a) the date of the consultation with the referring general practitioner and (b) the date that the patient is given the appointment date to attend the hospital or clinic. [172843]

Mr. Hutton: The target of 17 weeks wait for a national health service first out-patient appointment with a consultant following a general practitioner referral starts from the date on which the provider received the written referral request from the GP (or the date of the verbal request which was later confirmed), to the date when the first out-patient attendance with a consultant takes place.


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