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Mental Health Bill

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who will appoint the new advocates proposed in the draft Mental Health Bill; and what the relationship will be between the advocates and the legal representatives envisaged in the draft Bill. [198343]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Decisions about who will appoint the independent Mental Health Act advocates proposed in the draft Bill will be made as part of the preparation for the implementation of the Bill.

The duties of independent Mental Health Act advocates are set out in clause 247 of the draft Bill, which provides that help from advocates must include:

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In addition, as under the Mental Health Act 1983, all patients who have a Mental Health Tribunal hearing under the Bill will be entitled to public funding of legal services (legal aid) and will therefore be entitled to a legal representative at the Tribunal.

Mental Health Services

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much funding has been provided in (a) Chorley, (b) the North West and (c) England for mental health services in financial year 2004–05. [198216]

Miss Melanie Johnson: It is not possible to disaggregate funding for mental health services from the total national health service expenditure. Following the Department's "Shifting the balance of power" initiative, funding is allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. It is for PCTs, in partnership with strategic health authorities and other local stakeholders, to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for health.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people suffering from psychiatric illness are employed in the NHS. [198217]

Mr. Hutton: The requested information is not collected by the Department.

Mobile Phone Masts

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has been issued on possible effects of Tetra mast signals on the operation of pacemakers. [198538]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has not issued guidance about possible effects of Tetra mast signals on the operation of pacemakers.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many operations (a) have been carried out and (b) have been contracted to be carried out by Netcare on the NHS; [197955]

(2) which primary care trust areas have commissioned operations from Netcare. [197956]

Mr. Hutton: As part of the independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) programme, Netcare are the provider of two mobile cataract theatres. Within this programme, Netcare have carried out 9,000 cataract operations and are contracted to carry out over 44,000 over the term of the contract.

Information on individual contracts between Netcare and primary care trusts and acute trusts for the provision of overseas treatment teams are not collected centrally.
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The following list details of primary care trusts that have commissioned operations from Netcare as part of the ISTC programme:

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New Hospitals (Staffordshire)

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is of the total cost of the planned (a) local hospital in Stoke North and (b) single site hospital in North Staffordshire. [198571]

Dr. Ladyman: Shropshire and Staffordshire strategic health authority reports that the capital cost of new Private Finance Initiative hospital in North Stoke is estimated to be £381 million.

That comprises:

NHS Audit

Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list Public Interest reports issued by NHS trust auditors under the provisions of section (a) 8 and (b) 19 of the Audit Commission Act 1998, broken down by (i) trust, (ii) the date of report and (iii) the issue giving rise to the report; and what the name of the auditors was in each case. [198472]

Mr. Hutton [holding answer 16 November 2004]: Section 8 and Section 19 reports are shown in the following tables.
Section 8 reports

Leeds Health Authority/Leeds Community National Health Service TrustSeptember 1999Concern over payments made to a consultancy firm over a six year periodDistrict audit
Bedfordshire Shared Services, including one NHS trust, one health authority and three primary care trusts.May 2002Deficiencies in the arrangements to maintain adequate systems of financial control and to keep proper accounting recordsDistrict audit
West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service NHS TrustMarch 2003Deficiencies in arrangements to adequately project manage the roll out of a major departmental initiative, NHS Professionals, and the financial difficulties which arose as a consequenceAudit Commission operations directorate
Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire strategic health authority (SHA), including NHS trusts in its area.March 2003Financial standing of the NHS organisation s within the SHA area.Audit Commission operations directorate
The Mid Yorkshire hospitals NHS Trust (this report also constitutes a referral under Section 19 because of the potential breach of the trust's break even duty).September 2004Financial standing.RSM Robson Rhodes

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Section 19 reports

AuditDateSubjectAudit supplier
Northallerton NHS TrustMay 1999Severance agreement and house purchase made to an employee by the NHS trust.Deloitte and Touche
Cornwall Healthcare NHS TrustDecember 1999Early retirement arrangements for the chief executive of the NHS trust.District audit
Royal Berkshire Ambulance NHS TrustJanuary 2004Increase in the chief executive's pay prior to retirement.Audit Commission operations directorate

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