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Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Trust

Mr. Viggers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will receive a delegation comprising the hon. Member for Gosport and leaders of the main party political groups in Gosport to discuss the recommendation by the Hampshire County Council Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee that the current proposals of the Fareham and Gosport Primary Care Trust be referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel. [213508]

Mr. Hutton: Yes.

Freedom of Information

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what categories of information are available under Freedom of Information legislation that have not been provided in written parliamentary answers by his Department in the last three years. [207831]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by the Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, my hon. Friend the Member for Shipley (Mr. Leslie), on 24 January 2005, Official Report, column 140W.

Health Funding (Cambridgeshire)

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) grant levels calculated on the capitation formula basis and (b) amount of grant paid to (i) the East Cambridgeshire Primary Care Trust and (ii) the Fenland Primary Care Trust (A) were in each year before the merger of the trusts and (B) have been in each year since the merger. [213128]

Dr. Ladyman: I refer the hon. Member to the reply Igave on 1 July 2004, Official Report, column 408W.

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which trusts amalgamated to form the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust; when amalgamation took place; what grant payments were made to each trust in the three years prior to amalgamation; what the grant payment has been made to the amalgamated trust in each year since inception; and what the budget deficit of the amalgamated trust at inception was. [213213]

Dr. Ladyman: The creation of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust was as a result of the merger of Lifespan national health service trust and North West Anglian Healthcare NHS Trust. The new trust came into effect on 1 April 2002, in line with Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 1690.

Information relating to grants payable to NHS trusts are not held centrally.

I am advised that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Mental Health Trust did not inherit any deficit from its predecessor bodies. Surpluses were reported in both 2003–04 and 2004–05; these were carried forward to the next financial year to assist the trust in managing its financial position.
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MRI Scans

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times for MRI scans in Coventry were for the latest period for which figures are available. [213486]

Dr. Ladyman: The information is not held centrally.

National Service Framework for Older People

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how the standard on medicine review in the National Service Framework for Older People is reconciled with the standard in the general practitioner contract; and what data he collects in respect of each standard. [208175]

Dr. Ladyman: The quality and outcomes framework (QOF) indicator for medication reviews for people prescribed repeat medicines was developed by a group of independent experts who were commissioned by the British Medical Association and the NHS Confederation. The group developed QOF indicators using its own search of the evidence and did not necessarily use existing national service framework (NSF) standards. Although this means that the QOF indicators and NSF standards may not match entirely, meeting the QOF indicator will go a long way to helping practices meet the NSF standard and vice versa.

Data on whether practices have achieved the QOF indicator are collected through the quality and management analysis system. This is currently only available to primary care trusts.

Compliance with NSFs is monitored through clinical governance arrangements and independent inspection by the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection.

NHS Modernisation Agency

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what it has cost (a) to create and (b) to run (i) the NHS University and (ii) the NHS Modernisation Agency; and what the Modernisation Agency achieved during its existence. [207716]

Mr. Hutton: There were no specific additional costs associated with the creation of the NHS University (NHSU) and the Modernisation Agency (MA). The operating costs for these bodies for 2003–04 were set out in the document, Reconfiguring the Department of Health's Arm's Length Bodies", published in July 2004.

The NHSU has provided thousands of national health service staff with access to training and development programmes. For the period 16 July 2003 to 11 January 2005, there have been 41,008 staff enrolments onto NHSU programmes. The MA has engaged at least 150,000 NHS staff in several thousand improvement projects, benefiting patients in many aspects of health care in England.

Some of the functions of the NHSU and the MA will be brought together in the NHS Institute for Learning, Skills and Innovation, so that these achievements can be built on in a more integrated way.
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NHS Staff (Coventry)

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospital consultants are employed in Coventry. [213488]

Dr. Ladyman: At June 2004 there were 228 consultants working at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire National Health Service Trust. This is an increase of 16 since September 2003 and 102 since September 1997.

Nurse Numbers

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses, (b) health visitors, (c) practice nurses and (d) school nurses were employed (i) in England and (ii) in Northampton in (1) 1997 and (2)2004. [211701]

Mr. Hutton: The number of nurses, health visitors and practice nurses employed in England and in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority (SHA) in 1997 and 2003, the latest year for which data are available, is shown in the table.

The Government collected information on the school nursing work force in the September 2003 non-medical work force census, but this information was incomplete. Information on the number of school nurses employed in the national health service will be available from the September 2004 non-medical work force census, expected to be published in March 2005.
All NHS qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff, including practice nurses employed by unrestricted principals and equivalents (UPEs);(13) in England and Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA area as at 30 September(14) each year

All qualified nurses (including practice nurses)318,856386,359
of which:
Health visitors12,41012,984
School nurses(14)n/a476
Practice nurses18,38921,667
Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA area
All qualified nurses (including practice nurses)8,6269,589
of which:
Health visitors364318
School nurses(14)n/a2
Practice nurses522548

n/a = not applicable
1UPEs include general medical service (QMS) unrestricted principals, personal medical service (PMS) contracted general practitioners and PMS salaried GPs.
(13)Practice nurse figures as at 1 October for 1997.
(14)School nurses were identified separately for the first time in the 2003 Census so these figures may not represent a complete data set.
Department of Health non-medical workforce census
Department of Health QMS and PMS statistics.

Official Residences

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the official residences for which his Department is responsible; who occupies each one; what the annual cost is of running each property; what
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contribution the occupants of each make towards running costs; what the total capital and refurbishment expenditure has been on those properties in each of the past five years; how much money was spent in each property on (a) flowers and plants, (b) wine and entertaining, (c) food, (d) telephone bills and (e) electricity and gas in 2003–04; how many (i)domestic and (ii) maintenance staff are employed at each property, broken down by post; and what the total cost of staff employment was in 2003–04. [213558]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department and its Executive agencies has no residential properties on its estate.

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