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Family Planning Booklet

Angela Watkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department contributed towards the funding of the Family Planning Association publication, Girls Out Loud. [204396]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Department of Health did not contribute.
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Food Supplements

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the outcome of the meeting on 15 October with officials of the European Commission initiated by the Food Standards Agency to discuss the Food Supplements Directive; and whether that meeting led to (a) the addition of nutrients or nutrient sources to the Annexes of the Food Supplements Directive and (b) assurances from the Commission about how it intends to interpret Article 5 of the Directive in relation to the setting of maximum permitted levels for nutrients permitted in food supplements. [201281]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The Food Standards Agency will shortly make available on its website a summary of the outcome of the meeting with the European Commission on 15 October and this will be forwarded to interested parties.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will publish its recommendations for maximum permitted levels for nutrients allowed in food supplements in early 2005. The European Commission has indicated that it will bring forward its proposals, based on EFSA's advice, after the summer of 2005.


Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many gyms are available to the staff in the Department; and what the cost of providing them was in the last year for which figures are available. [204368]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department currently has one gymnasium available to its staff on the Department's London administrative estate. Operational costs are met by gym members' subscriptions.

The Department occupies a building jointly with the Department for Work and Pensions in Leeds which has a gymnasium available to staff. Any operating costs for the gymnasium that are included in the facility price are paid by the Department.

Health Services (Newcastle)

Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many elective admissions there were in each year for 1996–97 to 2003–04 in the Newcastle upon Tyne primary care trust area; and how many of those admissions had been waiting for (a) up to three months, (b) three to six months, (c) six to nine months, (d) nine to 12 months and (e) 12 months or more. [202679]

Miss Melanie Johnson: The information requested is shown in the following table.
Count of elective in-year finished admissions for Newcastle upon Tyne hospitals national health service trust—duration of time waited by method of admissions in NHS Hospital in England 1998–99 to 2003–04

Finished in year admissions
Time waited
YearMethod of admissionUnder
three months
under six months
under nine months
under 12 months
1998–9911 Waiting list admissions26,4156,6233,8332,860
12 Booked admissions40,63498111790
13 Planned admissions3,1931,048456323
1998–99 total70,2428,6524,4063,273
1999–200011 Waiting list admissions25,8256,9513,6302,229
12 Booked admissions43,5521,07115270
13 Planned admissions4,315927508266
1999–2000 total73,6928,9494,2902,565
2000–0111 Waiting list admissions8,4682,4501,3571,143
12 Booked admissions26,87982810652
13 Planned admissions1,879782468225
2000–01 total37.2264,0601,9311,420
2001–0211 Waiting list admissions25,0177,4933,0191,973
12 Booked admissions46,4131,684492533
13 Planned admissions4,279768284187
2001 -02 total75,7099,9453,7952,693
2002–0311 Waiting list admissions26,7398,311.3,4652,615
12 Booked admissions48,8072,042440319
13 Planned admissions5,932982431268
2002–03 total81,47811,3354,3363,202
2003–0411 Waiting list admissions28,0758,2693,7492,826
12 Booked admissions47,7502,494229111
13 Planned admissions5,157972518654
2003–04 total80,98211,7354,4963,591

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Finished in year admissions
Time waited
YearMethod of admission12 months plusNot knownTotal admissions
1998–9911 Waiting list admissions1,2878841,106
12 Booked admissions571,63443,513
13 Planned admissions367815,468
1998–99 total1,7111,80390,087
1999–200011 Waiting list admissions1,5559740,287
12 Booked admissions6681745,728
13 Planned admissions4371006,553
1999.-2000 total2,0581,01492,568
2000–0111 Waiting list admissions79826,45940,675
12 Booked admissions2718,82946,721
13 Planned admissions5502,6546,558
2000–01 total1,37547,94293,954
2001–0211 Waiting list admissions1,54524539,292
12 Booked admissions4472,80452,373
13 Planned admissions5602036,281
2001 -02 total2,5523,25297,946
2002–0311 Waiting list admissions1,6161.7142,917
12 Booked admissions3781,66853,654
13 Planned admissions4491658,227
2002–03 total2,4432,004104,798
2003–0411 Waiting list admissions1,89019445,003
12 Booked admissions802,35653,020
13 Planned admissions1596578,117
2003–04 total2,1293,207106,140

Figures have not been adjusted for shortfalls in data (i.e. the data are ungrossed).
Time waited
Time waited statistics from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) are not the same as the published waiting list statistics. HES provides counts and time waited for all patients admitted to hospital within a given period whereas the published waiting list statistics count those waiting for treatment on a specific date and how long they have been on the waiting list. Also, HES calculates the time waited as the difference between the admission and decision to admit dates. Unlike published waiting list statistics, this is not adjusted for self-deferrals or periods of medical/social suspension.
Finished in year admissions
A finished 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 data year. Please note that admissions do not represent the number of in-patients, as a person may have more than one admission within the year.
Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), Department of Health

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Hepatitis C

Andrew Selous: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the payment of compensation to Hepatitis C sufferers infected through NHS treatment, with particular reference to those for whom it is claimed that they overcome the virus. [206066]

Miss Melanie Johnson [holding answer 20 December 2004]: The ex-gratia payment scheme for people infected with Hepatitis C following national health service treatment with blood or blood products became operational on 5 July 2004. The Skipton Fund administers the scheme. As at 6 December, the Skipton Fund has made 2,560 stage one payments and 112 stage two payments.

The press release issued on 3 June 2004 and the guidance notes issued with the application form make clear that people who have cleared the virus as a result of treatment, or who have cleared it spontaneously after a period of chronic infection will be eligible to apply for payment under the Hepatitis C ex-gratia payment scheme. People who have cleared the virus spontaneously in the acute phase of the disease will not be eligible for payment.

Hospital Cleanliness

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what criteria are used to assess whether a hospital is rated as having (a) excellent, (b) good, (c) acceptable, (d) poor and (e) unacceptable levels of cleanliness under the 2004 Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) hospital cleanliness scores; what criteria were used to assess whether a hospital was rated as having (i) green, (ii) amber and (iii) red levels of cleanliness in PEAT hospital cleanliness scores of 2000–03; for what reasons the number of strata of hospital cleanliness has been increased; and on what date it was decided to increase the number of strata. [205862]

Mr. Hutton: Hospitals are assessed against 24 separate elements comprising a maximum of 130 individual scores. The final rating is derived by calculating the total points scored against the total points available subject to a weighting process which places emphasis on specific cleanliness related aspects. In previous years, the process was similar though based on a smaller range of elements, although the "weighting" aspect was first introduced in 2002.

The increased scoring range was introduced ,to allow for greater differentiation in standards to be identified than was allowed by a three-point scale. The decision to increase the range was taken on 11 November 2003 and was notified to National Health Service trusts during November 2003.

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