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Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much money has been allocated to each of the health trusts serving Oxfordshire for 200506; and what the amount was in each of the previous five years. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 16 June 2005]: In 200001 to 200203, revenue allocations were made to health authorities (HAs). Table 1 shows the 200001 to 200203 revenue allocations to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire HAs. This area is now covered by Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority (SHA).
200304 was the first time revenue allocations were made to primary care trusts (PCTs) for three years. Thames Valley SHA covers the Oxfordshire area. Table 2 shows the allocations made to those PCTs covered by the Thames Valley SHA for 200304 to 200506.
|Bracknell Forest||76,897||83,840||91 ,268|
|Newbury and Community||74,039||81,251||89,016|
|Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead||129,700||141,407||153,916|
|Chiltern and South Bucks||117,675||128,126||139,308|
|Vale of Aylesbury||143,593||157,179||171,899|
|North East Oxfordshire||50,193||54,983||60,151|
|South East Oxfordshire||57,710||63,163||69,075|
|South West Oxfordshire||139,950||152,859||166,890|
Caroline Flint [holding answer 16 June 2005]: There have been no representations from Oxfordshire nationalhealth service trusts about financial difficulties. Oxfordshire health trusts all submitted balanced delivery plans.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children have been treated for heart disease; how many have been screened for signs of heartdefects; and how many children have died fromheart-related conditions in each of the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Since 1 January 2004, the Department has received several written representations from the hon. Member, hon. and right hon. Members both past and present and members of the public about Hemel Hempstead hospital.
The Hepatitis C Action Plan was published in July 2004. It serves as a broad framework for implementation of the Government's Hepatitis C Strategy for England Many of the actions set out in the plan will take time to effect. Implementation of the plan will be assessed via ongoing epidemiological surveillance and performance management. There are currently no plans to update the action plan.
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people infected with hepatitis C; and how many people are currently receiving treatment for it. 
Currently treatment is not recommended for all patients diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C. In 2004, the then National Institute for Clinical Excellence, now the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, recommended treatment for cases of moderate to severe chronic hepatitis. Cases with mild disease should remain under observation. Treatment is for a finite time; either six or 12 months. The Department does not hold figures for those currently receiving treatment.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The information requested is not held centrally. However, the opening and closing of wards is commonplace, to reflect demand and operational need at individual national health service trusts.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what response her Department has made to the London Ambulance Service Patients Forum's letter of 11 May concerning the proliferation of mimic emergency ambulances in London. 
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the change in spending on mental health services has been in cash terms and as a percentage of overall NHS spending in each of the last five years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The latest information available on national health service hospital and community health service (HCHS) expenditure is at 31 March 2003. The data shown in the table excludes social care spend on people with mental health problems and expenditure concerning people treated in primary care for whom specific diagnosis has not been reached. The figures therefore underestimate the total mental health expenditure.
|Gross expenditure (cash terms)|
|Total mental health (£ million)||3,051||3,411||3,826||4,062||4,598|
|Total increase in cash terms (£ million)||||360||415||236||536|
|Mental health proportion (percentages)||11.97||12.34||12.71||12.70||13.11|
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