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Payment by Results

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his estimate is for the commencement date of payment by results in NHS acute hospitals. [216528]

Mr. Hutton: National health service trusts began to use the national tariff in a limited way on 1 April 2003. There is a gradual implementation path, with more services being brought within the scope of the tariff on 1 April 2005, and which will see approximately 90 per cent. of all hospital activity being commissioned using the tariff by 2008–09.

Primary Care Trusts

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many reorganisations in the geographical composition of primary care trusts (PCT) there have been since their establishment; and how many PCTs are operating with a chief executive overseeing a cluster of PCTs. [209655]

Mr. Hutton: Since their establishment, 124 primary care trusts (PCTs) have amended the statutory instruments that set out their geographical composition. However, the majority of these changes were not to reflect substantial changes in population served, but merely to identify a district by a more appropriate name or to take account of minor changes in electoral ward boundaries.

The Department does not collect information on the number of PCTs who share a chief executive. Such local management arrangements are at the discretion of strategic health authorities and PCTs.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will allocate more funding to the NHS to allow preventative treatment for respiratory syncytial virus in premature babies; [217119]

(2) how many premature babies contracted respiratory syncytial virus in hospital in (a) 2001, (b) 2002 and (c) 2003. [217132]

Dr. Ladyman: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health recently announced an allocation of £135 billion to national health service primary care trusts for the next two financial years. Among other objectives, this will assist primary care trusts to invest more funding in preventative treatments including appropriate prophylactic treatment for respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).
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Infants born preterm are at especially high risk of the consequences of RSV because they may have lungs that were damaged as a result of their prematurity. For that reason, they feature high on the list of children who should be considered for prophylactic therapy.

The information requested on numbers of premature babies who contracted RSV in hospital is not collected centrally.


Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what budget was allocated to the mental health charity Sane for (a) 2003–04 and (b) 2004–05; and what the allocation will be in (i) 2005–06 and (ii) 2006–07. [216432]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has a two-year contract with Saneline for the financial years 2003–04 and 2004–05. £1 million has been paid in each of these financial years.

No specific funding has been allocated to Saneline for 2005–06 and 2006–07.

The contract ends in March 2005. Saneline, like other voluntary and community sector organisations in health and social care, can apply for funding through the Department's section 64 scheme, mental health helplines investment framework and any other Government funding streams.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres

Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what plans he has for primary care trusts to fund the capital and revenue costs of new sexual assault referral centres; [215561]

(2) what advice he has issued to primary care trusts on the funding of sexual assault referral centres in their trust areas. [215562]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department is working together with the Home Office to strengthen and extend the network of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) in England and Wales. Money from the victims fund has been made available over this and next financial year to local police and health partnerships to assist with the set-up costs for SARCs. Applications must demonstrate long-term funding commitments from local police and primary care trusts (PCTs) to sustain the SARC.

In addition, guidance has recently been issued to Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, which include PCTs, on tackling sexual violence. This recommends the development of SARCs, funded jointly by police and PCTs.

Further guidelines on the development of SARCs will be issued jointly by the Department and the Home Office later this year.


Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects to complete the sale of the Silverlands mansion in Chertsey, Surrey. [216525]

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Mr. Hutton: The property is currently advertised for sale on the open market and we hope that a sale will be concluded as soon as possible.

Smoking Cessation

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the use of psychotherapy in smoking cessation programmes. [215012]

Miss Melanie Johnson: A systematic review of the evidence on the effectiveness of smoking cessation approaches, including individual counselling, has been undertaken by the Cochrane review—Lancaster T., Stead, L. F., Individual behavioural counselling for smoking cessation. The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews" 2002, (3), a copy of which is available in the Library.

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether officials from his Department have met representatives of the Allen Carr Easyway to Stop Smoking organisation; [214669]

(2) what recent representations he has received on smoking cessation techniques. [214706]

Miss Melanie Johnson: Officials from the Department have not met representatives of the Allen Carr Easyway to Stop Smoking" organisation. However, officials have corresponded with the organisation.

The Department regularly receives approaches about smoking cessation techniques and recognises that there are a number of methods that may help smokers to quit. The national policy focus is on those methods with accumulated independent evidence of efficacy. The Department, following guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, endorsed the use on the national health service of nicotine replacement therapy and bupropion (Zyban) as effective stop smoking aids. Used in conjunction with trained support through the NHS stop smoking service, smokers are up to four times more likely to quit successfully than using willpower alone.

Staff Surveys

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys in the Department in each year since 1997; [213664]

(2) what the cost of staff surveys in the Department was in each year since 1997. [213672]

Ms Rosie Winterton: There have been four staff surveys in the Department since 1997. These were contracted out to consultants and the costs were as follows:
Costs (£)

(172) Sample survey.

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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many targets have been set in each year since 1997 by the Department; and, of these, which have been (a) met, (b) nearly met, (c) not met, (d) changed and (e) dropped. [215796]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on the Department's public service agreement (PSA) targets and progress against these is reported bi-annually in the departmental report and autumn performance report. These are publicly available and are published by the Stationery Office. Copies are currently available in the Library and can also be accessed via the Department's website at:

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