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Local Authorities (Caring Responsibilities)

Mr. Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which local authorities have sought determination from him in relation to which local authority is responsible for people for which more than one local authority has a caring responsibility in each year since 2000; and on what particular matters they sought determination in each case. [219734]

Dr. Ladyman [holding answer 3 March 2005]: The local authorities that have sought determinations from the Secretary of State are shown in the following table. In each case, the determination sought was of the ordinary residence of an individual under Section 32 (3) of the National Assistance Act 1948.
Local authority
2001Barnet and Westminster
Camden and West Sussex
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire
Lambeth and West Sussex
Cheshire and Surrey
2002Hounslow and Slough
Wolverhampton and Powys and Worcestershire
2003Oldham and Liverpool
Tower Hamlets and Thurrock
Bexley and Lambeth
Waltham Forest and Hackney
Telford and Wrekin and Cheshire
2004Milton Keynes and Derbyshire
Warrington and Wirral
Bracknell and Woking
Greenwich and Bexley
North Somerset and Warwickshire

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Mount Vernon Hospital

Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on the future of the burns and plastic surgery unit at Mount Vernon hospital, Northwood. [222008]

Dr. Ladyman: The burns services at Mount Vernon are currently housed in temporary buildings erected in 1943 and it is felt by Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire strategic health authority (SHA) that they are not suitable for delivery of 21st century care. Therefore, it is proposed through their 'Investing in your health' programme that the burns and plastics unit be re-sited to Watford general hospital. There is a programme board considering the viability of this move, with representation from Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA and the North West London SHA, Hillingdon primary care trust and the community voice (an umbrella action group of local organisations interested in the service). The outcome of the review will be subject to consultation.

Paddington Health Campus

Mr. Wilkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what hospital facilities are to be combined on the Paddington Health Campus site; and what the change is in the number of beds to be available at the site in comparison to the number offered at the locations which the new hospital is to replace. [221715]

Dr. Ladyman: The outline business case for the Paddington Health Campus, submitted in December 2004, provides full details about the combined facilities to be provided for the Royal Brompton, Harefield and St Mary's national health service trusts, which include laboratory medicine, therapies, pharmacy, education and training, facilities management and corporate support services. The key facilities to be provided within the campus are shown in the following table.
Operating theatres22
Delivery suites8
Scoping rooms6
Cardiac catheter laboratories7
Computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging13

The number of in-patient beds proposed for the Paddington Health Campus is 923, compared to the total of 1,017 beds currently provided at the St. Mary's, Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. The reduction in bed
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numbers reflects a transfer of local cardiology services to local hospitals and a redistribution of clinical care into community settings, following a major review involving local primary care trusts.

Respite Care

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice he gives to London boroughs on the provision of respite care in each borough. [221448]

Dr. Ladyman: Research shows the best way to enable carers to continue to care is by enabling them to take a break from caring. The Government are increasing the amount of money put aside specifically to support carers in England through the carers grant. The grant is worth £125 million in 2004–05 and rises to £185 million in 2005–06. The grant will then continue at this level until at least 2007–08.

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many days of respite care were available in each London borough in each year from 1997 to 2004. [221643]

Dr. Ladyman: This information is not held centrally.
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Social Care Costs

Mr. Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people contribute to (a) some or (b) all of their social care costs for (i) home care and (ii) all residential care following a means-test, in the area which most closely corresponds to Mid Worcestershire constituency. [220071]

Dr. Ladyman: This information is not held centrally.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely total debt of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust at the end of this financial year; and if he will make a statement. [222003]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Audited information on the financial position of national health service trusts will be published in their individual annual accounts. These data will be available centrally in the autumn. We have no plans to publish un-audited information.