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Suffolk West Primary Care Trust

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current deficit is of Suffolk West Primary Care Trust; and what it has been in each of the last three years. [187198]

Dr. Ladyman: Suffolk West Primary Care Trust (PCT) overspend against the revenue resource limit (deficit) is shown as follows. It is not possible to provide a separate figure for 2001–02 as the PCT was then part of Suffolk health authority.
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Financial position at year end 2002–031,581
Financial position for year end 2003–044,423

Audited summarisation schedules of the Suffolk West PCT.

Suffolk West PCT is forecasting to break even at year end 2005.

The audited information in respect of the 2004–05 financial position of all PCTs will be published in their individual annual accounts and will be available centrally in autumn 2005.

Vancomycin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what preventative measures his Department has taken against the threat of vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus to the NHS; [184324]

(2) what research his Government have conducted into the treatment against vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus; [184325]

(3) what contingency plans he has in place to control the spread of vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus in NHS hospitals. [184327]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 15 July 2004]: Minimising the development and spread of new strains such as vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus (VRSA) requires prudent prescribing of antibiotics as well as strict adherence to infection control measures. These measures are part of our action plan, "Winning Ways—Working Together to Reduce Healthcare Associated Infection in England".

We are aware of three incidents of VRSA infection worldwide to date and all were susceptible to some alternative antibiotics. Hospital microbiology laboratories carry out sensitivity tests on their isolates and the health protection agency monitors isolates of staphylococcus aureus for vancomycin resistance to detect any new cases of VRSA and to ensure that these very rare microorganisms are not becoming more commonplace.

Vulnerable Adults

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to extend the protection of vulnerable adults list to (a) the NHS and (b) day care services; and if he will make a statement. [187071]

Dr. Ladyman: The protection of vulnerable adults (PoVA) list will be extended to the national health service as soon as the necessary changes can be made to the Care Standards Act 2000.

Day care services do not fall within the scope of the PoVA scheme. This is because they are not regulated under the Care Standards Act 2000.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whom he has consulted on the extension of the protection of vulnerable adults list to the NHS. [187079]

Dr. Ladyman: The consultation process on extending the protection of vulnerable adults scheme to the national health service has not yet begun. We intend to go out to consultation in the near future, but we also
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need to ensure that the proposals are consistent with the proposals for barring unsuitable people from working with children and vulnerable adults emerging from the Bichard Inquiry.

Waiting Lists

Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in the Northampton, South
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constituency, or the nearest relevant unit of population were waiting for NHS operations for longer than (a) 18 months, (b) 15 months, (c) 12 months, (d) nine months and (e) six months in each of the last 10 years. [186578]

Dr. Ladyman: The information requested is shown in the table.
Patients waiting for elective admission: Provider based

Total number of patientsPatients waiting for admission by months waiting
Month end/Organisationwaiting for admission6–8 months9–11 months12–14 months15–17 monthsOver 18 months
March 1996
Kettering General Hospital National Health Service Trust5,9918894241510
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust4,7073801807840
March 1997
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust6,4321,106640000
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust5,796783424191280
March 1998
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust7,4921,1417152011000
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust7,2251,0567024211490
March 1999
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust5,91086354324580
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust7,0881,0518273991190
March 2000
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust5,818750362235770
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust6,7139097184672380
March 2001
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust5,944727360151280
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust6,4848095372881140
March 2002
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust5,52277140217600
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust6,7591,01660040300
March 2003
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust5,515939222000
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust7,3231,135694000
March 2004
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust4,4355360000
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust5,9827020000

Total number of patientsPatients waiting for admission by months waiting
Organisationwaiting for admission6–8 months9–11 monthsOver 12 months
Daventry and South Northamptonshire PCT19000
Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust4,42046700
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust5,62580400

Mr Anthony D. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average number of patients on (a) in-patient and (b) day case waiting lists was in Great Yarmouth in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was in each year. [186699]

Dr. Ladyman: The average number of patients for Great Yarmouth Primary Care Trust (PCT) for in-patient and day case waiting lists, the latest data available, is shown in the table.
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Count of elective in-year admissions (waiting list and booked cases) and percentage changes for ordinary and day cases,1996–97 to 2002–03, PCT code (PCT of residence) = 5GT (Great Yarmouth) National Health Service Hospitals, England

YearIn-year admissions ordinaryChange (ordinary) percentageIn-year admissions
(day case)
(day case) percentage
In year admissions (ordinary plus day case)Change (ordinary plus day case) percentage

1. An in-year admission is the first period of in-patient care under one consultant within one healthcare provider, excluding admissions beginning before 1 April at the start of the datayear. Periods of care ongoing at the end of the datayear (unfinished admission episodes) are included. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
2. Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Hospital episode statistics (HES), Department of Health.

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