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Health Finance (Oxfordshire)

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 2005–06; and what the amount was in each of the previous five years. [4571]

Caroline Flint [holding answer 16 June 2005]: In 2000–01 to 2002–03, revenue allocations were made to health authorities (HAs). Table 1 shows the 2000–01 to 2002–03 revenue allocations to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire HAs. This area is now covered by Thames Valley Strategic Health Authority (SHA).
Table 1: Revenue allocations to HAs 2000–01 to 2002–03

HA name2000–012001–022002–03

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2003–04 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 2003–04 to 2005–06.
Table 2: Revenue allocations to PCTs within Thames Valley SHA

PCT name2003–042004–052005–06
Bracknell Forest76,89783,84091 ,268
Newbury and Community74,03981,25189,016
Windsor, Ascot and Maidenhead129,700141,407153,916
Chiltern and South Bucks117,675128,126139,308
Milton Keynes167,638183,498200,679
Vale of Aylesbury143,593157,179171,899
Cherwell Vale91,592100,434109,922
North East Oxfordshire50,19354,98360,151
Oxford City142,974155,681169,243
South East Oxfordshire57,71063,16369,075
South West Oxfordshire139,950152,859166,890

Comparisons cannot be made between allocation rounds. Prior to 2003–04 revenue allocations were made to HAs on an annual basis. In 2003–04, revenue allocations were for the first time made direct to PCTs for three years. In addition, comparisons cannot be made between allocations rounds, as the services covered by each allocation round may vary.

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what reports she has received of financial difficulties facing health trusts in Oxfordshire; and if she will make a statement. [4572]

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.

It is now the responsibility of strategic health authorities to deliver both overall financial balance for their local health communities and to ensure the local NHS achieves financial balance.

Hearing Aids

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time for digital hearing aids is in (a) Devon and (b) England. [4779]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 16 June 2005]: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Heart Disease (Children)

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. [4466]

Mr. Byrne: Table 1 following shows numbers of admissions for cardiac conditions for children under 16 in England in the last five years for which data is available.
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Table 1


Hospital episode statistics, Health and Social Care Information Centre. Figures are for cardiac conditions as a primary diagnosis. Patients may have more than one admission in a year.

No data is available on screening of children for signs of heart defects.

Table 2 following shows the latest available data on child deaths from heart-related conditions. In this table, children are defined as those under 16 years old, including neonates.
Table 2


Office of National Statistics mortality data. Figures are for all deaths in England and Wales where heart disease is mentioned in the death certificate and include congenital malformations.

Hemel Hempstead Hospital

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on changes to services at Hemel Hempstead hospital. [3991]

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.

Hepatitis C

Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will update the Action Plan on hepatitis C. [3137]

Caroline Flint: 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. [4461]

Caroline Flint: It is estimated that around 200,000 people in England have been chronically infected with hepatitis C, though the majority may not be aware of their infection.

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.

Hertfordshire Hospitals

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list Hertfordshire hospitals which had ward closures in each year since May 1997, broken down by medical specialty. [4001]

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.

London Ambulance Service

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. [3305]

Mr. Byrne: A copy of this letter has been placed in the Library.

Mental Health

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. [4637]

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.
Mental health service: NHS HCHS programme gross expenditure in cash terms over the five years from 1998–99 to 2002–03 in England

Gross expenditure (cash terms)
Total mental health (£ million)3,0513,4113,8264,0624,598
Total increase in cash terms (£ million)360415236536
Total HCHS25,49427,63330,09931,97735,087
Mental health proportion (percentages)11.9712.3412.7112.7013.11

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