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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.
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.
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. 
Mr. Hutton: St. George's Healthcare NHS Trust is projecting a capital spend of £16.4 million in 200405 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.
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; 
(2) what the percentage turnover of nursing staff was at North West London NHS Trust in the latest period for which figures are available. 
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. 
|Infectious syphilis (primary and secondary|
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. 
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.
|Seen within 2 weeks|
|200001||Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust||98.8||320|
|200001||Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||100.0||158|
|200102||Chorley and South Ribble NHS Trust||100.0||406|
|200102||Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust||100.0||291|
|200203||Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||100.0||783|
|200304||Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust||100.0||990|
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. 
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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