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Hospital Transport

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will make a statement on the effect of changes in (a) insurance specifications and (b) the level of monitoring required of drivers on the number of volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to transport patients to and from hospital or other medical facilities; [191024]

(2) what complaints he has received about the operation of hospital transport of patients where volunteer drivers are concerned. [191035]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Arrangements for providing volunteer driver schemes for non-emergency transport are a matter for the local national health service or other organisation that is providing the transport. The Department does not collect information centrally on complaints received about volunteer drivers.

Infection Control

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all staff not covered by "Agenda for Change" will receive training on infection control (a) during initial training or induction and (b) periodically during their career. [198248]

Mr. Hutton: Staff not covered by "Agenda for Change" are doctors, dentists and senior managers. For doctors and dentists, the medical royal colleges will lead and influence the development of the education curriculums. All national health service doctors will be subject to annual appraisal which will help them reflect on their development needs. Training for senior managers will be determined locally by their employer. The Department issued guidance and training materials on cross-infection control to all dental practices in May.
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Primary care trusts include compliance with this guidance in the inspections they make of dental practices.

Journey Times (Derbyshire)

Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average journey time is for patients to the nearest (a) general practitioner surgery, (b) dentist and (c) accident and emergency unit in West Derbyshire. [198364]

Dr. Ladyman: This information is not collected centrally.

Keele University Medical School

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been invested in the new medical school at Keele University and the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. [198564]

Dr. Ladyman: Departmental funding for medical schools takes the form of the Service Increment for Teaching (SIFT). This reimburses national health service organisations for the extra costs they incur by providing clinical placements for medical and dental undergraduates. Capital SIFT helps pay for the extra premises needed to accommodate medical and dental undergraduates, both in hospital and primary care settings. Revenue SIFT pays for other infrastructure, including staff time, needed to provide clinical placements for undergraduates.

Extra SIFT has been provided to support expansion at the Manchester/Keele medical school since 2000–01. Most undergraduates from Keele undertake their clinical placements at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust which is not a medical school as such but has an education department for Keele medical undergraduates.

Information on how SIFT capital funding was distributed between Manchester and Keele prior to 2002–03 is not available centrally. Since 2002–03 SIFT funding has been managed by strategic health authorities and while a split can now be provided for capital this is not so for revenue. The available information is given in the table.
Keele (£000)Manchester (£000)Total (£000)
2000–01Not knownNot known2,524
2001–02Not knownNot known792
2000–01Not knownNot known115
2001–02Not knownNot known115
2002–03Not knownNot known1,824
2003–04Not knownNot known3,018
2004–05Not knownNot known2,644

Figures represent the additional funding provided each year to support expansion at the Manchester/Keele medical school. In the case of revenue the new money is added to baseline provision for the following year. Revenue baseline provision, to support the cohort of students prior to 2000–01, is not shown. Capital payments are one-off each year.

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In addition, University of North Staffordshire Hospitals NHS trust has received NHS research and development funding as follows:

This is in addition to the annual allocation of NHS research and development support funding to the trust to meet the research priorities and needs of the NHS and to provide the NHS base for high quality science. The trust's support funding in 2004–05 will be £2,014,000.

LIFT Programme

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been allocated through the LIFT programme to improve primary care in (a) Newcastle-under-Lyme and (b) North Staffordshire. [198575]

Dr. Ladyman: The North Staffordshire National Health Service Local Improvement Financial Trust (LIFT) project covers the whole of the North Staffordshire area, including Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The Department of Health has allocated capital enabling funding of £5.37 million to the end of 2004–05 to support LIFT developments across the North Staffordshire area.
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Mental Health

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of spending on health and personal social services in each of the last five years was spent on mental health. [197614]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The proportion of mental health spend within the hospital and community health services and personal social services budgets over the past five years for which data are available are shown in the following table. The data exclude expenditure concerning people treated in primary care, for whom a specific diagnosis has not been reached. The figures therefore underestimate the total mental health expenditure.

Hospital and community health servicesPersonal social services

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children have been diagnosed as suffering from depression in each year since 1997. [197977]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the requested format.

The Department provides hospital episode statistics data which relate to diagnostic information for in-patients in national health service hospitals. During their course of treatment over a period of time, patients may have a number of episodes of care, which are counted each time they have a stay in hospital. Information relating to diagnosis where a patient is still under the care of a hospital consultant is not recorded. Information on finished consultant episodes with a primary diagnosis of depression is shown in the table.
Finished consultant episodes for patients with a primary diagnosis of depression F32 and recurrent depression F33broken down by age in NHS hospitals in England

Children (0–15)220262245257214243248
Adolescents (16–18)669706542559523512505
Adult (over 18)50,26149,63446,99444,54642,52941,23333,572
Not known5495114833937551

(34) Figures are grossed for both coverage and missing/invalid clinical data, except for 2002–03, which has not yet been adjusted for shortfalls in data.
Finished consultant episode (FCE)
An FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one healthcare. The figures do not represent the number of patients as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
Diagnosis (primary diagnosis)
The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002–03) diagnosis fields in the hospital episode statistics (HES) dataset and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.

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