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Mr. Paul Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were waiting to see a consultant at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on (a) 1 May 1997, (b) 7 June 2001 and (c) the latest date for which figures are available. 
|31 March 1997||4,245|
|30 June 2001||4,210|
|30 September 2003||3,648|
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department gives to hospital trusts on the policy of charging (a) staff, (b) visitors and (c) patients for hospital car parking. 
Ms Rosie Winterton:
Guidance on car parking charges was issued to national health service hospitals in March 1996. The guidance allows individual hospitals to decide whether or not to charge staff, visitors and patients for car parking and the cost of such charges in the light of local circumstances. Where charges are introduced, patients who are eligible to claim reimbursement of travelling expenses under the hospital travel costs scheme may have the charges reimbursed.
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|Total annual cost of energy|
In November 2004, the NHS Estates Agency issued guidance, entitled, Carbon/energy management in healthcarebest practice advice for the NHS in England on meeting the mandatory carbon/energy targetsMarch 2000-March 2010", to assist the NHS and to ensure the requirements are kept in focus. The larger more energy intensive elements of the NHS estate are subject to the requirements of the emission trading scheme, which sets a cap on carbon emissions.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on how many occasions there were no intensive care beds available on the intensive care bed register in each NHS region in each year since 1997; 
(2) how many (a) intensive care beds, (b) high dependency beds and (c) total critical care beds there have been in the NHS in each year since 1997; and what plans he has to increase the number of such beds. 
The available data on intensive care and high dependency provision has been published since March 1999. The latest figures show that there were a total of 3,213 critical care beds in January 2005 compared with 2,362 in January 2000a 36 per cent. increase.
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Copies of the statistical publications are available in the Library. Data from July 2001 to the most recent available are also available on the Department's website at: www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivity/index.htm.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many trusts in each of the clusters of the NHS National Programme for IT he expects will have implemented and begun to use patient administration systems that form the first release of the common reference solution delivered by local service providers by the end of March; 
(2) how many trusts in each of the clusters of the NHS National Programme for IT he expects will have implemented and begun to use the patient administration systems that form the first release of common reference solution delivered by local service providers by the end of December. 
|North West and West Midlands||37|
These year-end figures are broadly in line with the high level profile in the latest published indicative implementation schedule for the national programme for information technology. This will be subject to change as details of local implementation plans become firmer.
Mr. Hutton: The Government's targets are for all patients to be offered the choice of at least four or five providers at the point of general practitioner referral and for patients to be able to book the date and time of their hospital appointment by the end of 2005. The Choose and Book service will greatly assist local health communities in achieving these targets.
We have asked the national health service to produce revised returns showing how they plan to roll out the Choose and Book service. We have asked strategic health authorities as a guide to aim for the Choose and Book service to be used for at least 80 per cent. of GP referrals for first consultant outpatient appointments by the end of 2005. Where the Choose and Book service is not being used by this date, there will be other systems in place to ensure that patients receive a choice of four to five providers and can book the date and time of their appointment.
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|Doctors in training and equivalents||24,300||25,100||27,600|
Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition he uses, in the context of the new priorities for the Learning Disability Development Fund, of a NHS Campus; which NHS trusts include a campus within their provision; how many people with a learning disability there are in each campus setting; and what targets have been set for the reprovision of campuses into more appropriate settings in the community. 
Service operated by an NHS Trust comprising housing, some of which will be clustered on one site, together with some shared central facilities and developed as a direct result of the closure of NHS hospitals". Valuing People, Department of Health, March 2001.
A survey was undertaken on behalf of the Valuing People support team (VPST) in 2003. Data collection proved difficult, so the Department has confidence in the overall figures, but not in the individual NHS trust data. The current estimate is that there are approximately 3,000 people living in NHS campuses and approximately a further 3,000 people living in arrangements where NHS trusts are involved but in partnership with other providers. A further survey to improve accuracy is currently underway.
In the implementation guidance for Valuing People" (HSC 2001/016:LAC(2001)23), objective 6 is clear that people with learning disabilities and their families should be supported to have greater choice and control over where and how they live. Sub-objective 6.3 also states the intention of:
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