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Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority has advised that a new chief executive of East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust was appointed on a one year rolling contract which commenced on 10 October this year.
Mr. Roger Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints have been received by the Food Standards Agency concerning adverse effects of aspartame in each year since 2000 and what percentage this represents of the total number of complaints received in each year by the Food Standards Agency. 
Caroline Flint: Since 2000, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) has received a total of 20 complaints concerning adverse effects related to aspartame consumption. A breakdown of the number of complaints that were received each year is shown in table 1.
The FSA also received a total of 151 complaints through the additives survivors network (ASN) in the form of standard letters/proforma during a campaign by the network during a period between 2000 and 2001. A breakdown of the number of complaints that were received each year is shown in table 2.
The FSA also receives general correspondence on aspartame. Total complaints received by the FSA address a number of issues, both food and non-food related, and are dealt accordingly by relevant policy divisions in the FSA. A record of correspondence of this nature is not held centrally by the FSA.
The latest data published by the Health Protection Agency shows that 45 per cent. of patients are seen within 48 hours at genitourinary
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medicine (GUM) clinics. Primary care trusts and strategic health authorities have already developed plans on how they will meet the target of 48 hour access through the local delivery planning process. To support this, the Department is investing an additional £130 million for GUM services and infrastructure in 200607 and 200708 to enable clinics to expand their services and reduce waiting times. An additional £15 million capital funding has also been recently allocated.
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the services provided by Leeds primary
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care trusts; how many staff are employed to provide each service; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of these services. 
Mr. Byrne: The table shows how many staff are employed within the Leeds primary care trusts (PCTs) as at 30 September 2004. In the 200405 performance review by the Healthcare Commission, the Leeds PCTs received the following ratings:
|East Leeds PCT||1|
|Leeds North East PCT||2|
|Leeds North West PCT||1|
|Leeds West PCT||1|
|South Leeds PCT||1|
|East Leeds PCT||Leeds North East PCT||Leeds North West PCT||Leeds West PCT||South Leeds PCT|
|General medical practitioners(18)||109||124||141||66||96|
|Qualified nursing midwifery and health visiting staff||354||178||208||149||173|
|GP practice nurses||52||64||68||45||49|
Caroline Flint: Information on the estimated cost of the decision by Devon and Cornwall primary care trusts (PCTs) to fund Herceptin for early stage breast cancer is not collected centrally. We are already putting record amounts of new investment into the national health servicebetween 2003 and 2008 NHS expenditure in England will increase on average by 7.5 per cent. each year. It is for PCTs to decide how best to spend these resources taking into account local priorities.
PCTs have many competing priorities but cancer is a national and local priority. Every PCT will have a sizeable number of people in their area who will be diagnosed with the disease each year. PCTs will need to ensure that they allocate sufficient resource to meet their local contribution to tackling cancer care or other areas.
It may be appropriate in some circumstances for patients to be prescribed an unlicensed drug such as Herceptin. However, this should be the exception and not the rule because the licensing process is there to protect patient safety. Such decisions need to be taken following discussions with patients to ensure they are aware of the potential risks.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many items of correspondence her Department has received objecting to the plans to close the Walnuttree and St. Leonard's hospitals in Sudbury. 
Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS and (b) private (i) in-patient procedures and (ii) out-patient consultations were carried out in each of the hospitals managed by the Leeds NHS Teaching Hospital Trust in the past five years, broken down by specialty. 
Mr. Byrne: Information showing the number of national health service and private in-patient procedures carried out by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust between 19992000 and 200304 has been placed in the Library.
Information showing the number of NHS and private out-patient consultations at the trust is available on the Department's website at: www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalactivitv/data_requests/outpatient_attendances.htm.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many copies of the Review of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act, A Public Consultation have been produced; at what cost; and if she will make a statement; 
Caroline Flint: The consultation document was published as soon as it was ready, taking account of the wider timetable of Government announcements and the need to respond to the Science and Technology Committee's report on Human Reproductive Technologies and the Law". In producing the consultation document, account was taken of a wide range of views and opinions, including the oral and written evidence submitted to the Science and Technology Committee's year-long inquiry, reaction to the Committee's recommendations, and issues raised over a number of years about the regulation of assisted reproduction and embryology.
In order to encourage a wide range of responses to the consultation, copies of the document have been made available in variety of ways, including by viewing or downloading from the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk/consulations/fs/en, or by request from the Department's publications order line on 08710 555 455. Copies have also been issued by the Department directly to key stakeholders and other people and organisations who have expressed an interest in the review. This variety of ways of access means that it is not possible to say exactly which organisations have received the document.
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