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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the likely costs to his Department in the first quarter of 2005 of compliance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Our strategy has been to prepare staff and provide guidance that will help them to minimise costs. Apart from a small team of FOI specialists, and development of a new correspondence system that will improve overall efficiency as well as helping to monitor FOI requests, costs will be widely distributed within the Department, as responding to FOI requests will be integrated with ordinary departmental business.
Mr. Graham Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people he estimates (a) reside and (b) are registered with a general practitioner in the area served by Nottingham primary care trust. 
Dr. Ladyman: The information is shown in the following table. It is based on patient registrations and is constrained to Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates as at mid-year 2002. This is the latest available validated data for both figures.
|Number(39) (head count)|
|Registered with a general practitioner(40)||287,809|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the difference will be in (a) funding and (b) service provision between the practice based
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commissioning structure for general practitioner practices and the former GP Fund Holding structure. 
In terms of funding, under general practitioner fund holding, fund holding practices received a management allowance to administer the scheme. Under practice based commissioning, there will be no management allowancethe costs of the scheme will be funded out of savings made by the practice.
Under practiced based commissioning, primary care trusts will retain legal responsibility for the contracting process and the single national tariff will prevent competition based on price. Practiced based commissioning will instead focus on quality and efficiency.
Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether all Government buildings in his Department within the Greater London area are fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the general practitioner surgeries which will benefit in the (a) Adur, (b) Arun and (c) Worthing Primary Care Trust areas from funding allocations to improve or renew premises in the current financial year; by how much each will benefit; and for what improvements each allocation was made. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding has been made available in each primary care trust area for upgrading or rebuilding general practitioner surgeries in each of the last five years. 
[holding answer 16 November 2004]: Personal medical services (PMS) allocations to primary care trusts (PCTs) do not identify primary care premises funding separately to other PMS services provision elements. Owing to this it is not possible to identify primary care premises allocations separately at a PCT level.
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However under the new primary care medical services contracting arrangements introduced from 200405 it is possible to estimate these resources from 200304 at a national level. From 200304 the total resources made available to PCTs for primary care premises purposes was as follows.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he or a member of his ministerial team was informed of the National Audit Office's planned publication date for the report on health care acquired infections. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: We knew in April that publication was expected in July. It was not until late June that a particular date was included in departmental documents but it was still not clear that this was a firm rather than a provisional date.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he has instructed commissioners to include information on infection rates of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus in the information provided under Patient Choice. 
Mr. Hutton: Information on methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections is currently available to commissioners and others on the Department's website at: http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/08/58/93/04085893.pdf Mandatory national surveillance has been in place since April 2001 and information for the last three years is available for all acute trusts in England. As patient choice increases, information and support will be provided locally by primary care trusts to help patients choose.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the consistency across NHS trusts in methods of monitoring MRSA bloodstream infections under the mandatory surveillance system; and what steps he is taking to ensure consistency. 
Miss Melanie Johnson:
We encourage the use of effective technologies to prevent and control all healthcare associated infections, including methicillin resistant "Staphylococcus aureus" (MRSA) infections. To help the national health service identify suitable
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products and processes, the Health Protection Agency has convened a rapid review panel to review information and evidence relating to claims concerning prevention or control of such infections.
Mr. Havard: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether hospitals are encouraged to discharge patients for treatment in the community as soon as clinically possible as part of the programme to reduce the number of cases of MRSA in hospitals; and what guidance he has given to primary care teams on funding the treatment of patients once they leave hospital. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on rates of MSRA at (a) Barnet, (b) Chase Farm, (c) Northwich Park, (d) Royal Free and (e) Edgware Hospitals in each of the last three years. 
Information on the rates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) blood stream infections is only available for acute National Health Service trusts and these data are shown in the table.
|Name of NHS trust||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports April 2001March 2002||MRSA rate per 1000 bed-days April 2001March 2002||Number of MRSA bacteraemia reports April 2002-March 2003||MRSA rate per 1,000 bed-days April 2002March 2003||MRSA bacteraemia reports April 2003March 2004||MRSA rate per 1,000 bed-days April 2003March 2004|
|Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust||62||0.20||94||0.28||94||0.27|
|North West London Hospitals NHS Trust||59||0.23||44||0.16||55||0.20|
|Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust||122||0.41||101||0.39||98||0.34|
Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients contracted MRSA last year following a visit to a NHS hospital; and what plans he has to combat the spread of this disease. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: Information on all methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections is not available but 7,657 blood stream infections were reported in 200304. We have an on-going programme of work to prevent and control MRSA and other healthcare associated infections. Recent measures include the launch of a national hand hygiene campaign and a new target to halve MRSA blood stream infections by 2008.
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