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Mayday Health Trust

Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects Mayday Health Trust to sign contracts for the construction of Purley Hospital. [19085]

Jane Kennedy: Mayday Healthcare National Health Service Trust, on behalf of the NHS partners in the scheme, is currently negotiating with the commercial developers. Although no date has yet been set for contract signing, the trust remains committed to progressing the project.

NHS Commissioning

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what basis the budgets to be delegated from primary care trusts to commissioning GP practices under practice-based commissioning will be determined; [18720]

(2) if she will provide a definition of the maximum and the minimum responsibilities GP practices will be able to take on under practice-based commissioning. [18722]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 17 October 2005]: Indicative commissioning budgets for practices or localities are decided at a local level through discussions between the primary care trust (PCT) and the individual practice or locality.

There is no nationally agreed set of maximum or minimum responsibilities. Instead, commissioning responsibilities are agreed between the practice and the appropriate PCT.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has received on the length of the consultation period on Commissioning a Patient-Led NHS. [19151]

Mr. Byrne: Strategic health authorities are expected to submit proposals for local commissioning arrangements to the Department by 15 October. The Department, and an external panel representing key interests, will consider, against a set of criteria published on 28 July, whether the proposals can go forward for full, statutory, local consultation, lasting for three months, to begin before the end of the year. Decisions will be taken in the light of that three-month consultation period.

NHS Continuing Care

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps her Department is taking to standardise the eligibility criteria for NHS continuing care used by strategic health authorities. [20057]

Mr. Byrne: The Department is currently working with the strategic health authorities and stakeholders to produce a national approach to continuing care. This is
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expected to improve consistency and ease of understanding of the system, resulting in a single set of national eligibility criteria and a suitable assessment process for access to NHS Continuing Care, which we expect to publish early in 2006.

NHS Finance (Gloucestershire)

Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the financial position of NHS trusts in Gloucestershire. [20925]

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Jane Kennedy: In 2004–05 11 out of the 13 national health service trusts covered by Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority achieved financial balance. The remaining two NHS trusts reported a deficit.

NHS Services (Pudsey)

Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) doctors and (b) nurses were employed by the NHS in health facilities serving Pudsey in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001 and (iii) 2004. [18923]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is shown in the table.
Hospital, public health medicine, community health services (HCHS) doctors, general medical practitioners, HCHS qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff and GP practice nurses for selected organisations, as at 1997, 2001 and 2004

Numbers (headcount)
East Leeds Primary Care Trust (PCT)Leeds Community and Mental Health Service Teaching National Health Service TrustLeeds Health AuthorityLeeds North East PCTLeeds North West PCT
All staff(19)1,560734(19)(19)
Of which
All doctors(19)160464(19)(19)
Of which
HCHS doctors(20)(19)16021(19)(19)
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(19)(19)443(19)(19)
Of which
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff(19)1,4007(19)(19)
GP practice nurses(19)(19)263(19)(19)
All staff1571,72623160175
Of which
All doctors10021014102117
Of which
HCHS doctors(20)(19)21014(19)(19)
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)100(19)(19)102117
Of which
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff(19)1,5169(19)(19)
GP practice nurses57(19)(19)5858
All staff554997(19)359417
Of which
All doctors148177(19)117141
Of which
HCHS doctors(20)42177(19)24
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)106(19)(19)115137
Of which
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff354820(19)178208
GP practice nurses52(19)(19)6468

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS TrustLeeds West PCTSouth Leeds PCTUnited Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS TrustWest Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service
All staff(19)(19)(19)3,053(19)
Of which
All doctors(19)(19)(19)695(19)
Of which
HCHS doctors(20)(19)(19)(19)695(19)
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(19)(19)(19)(19)(19)
Of which
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff(19)(19)(19)2,358(19)
GP practice nurses(19)(19)(19)(19)(19)
All staff5,78196133(19)88
Of which
All doctors1,3106286(19)(19)
Of which
HCHS doctors(20)1,310(19)(19)(19)(19)
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(19)6286(19)(19)
Of which
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff4,47134(19)(19)88
GP practice nurses(19)3447(19)(19)
All staff6,376264347(19)6
Of which
All doctors1,58870125(19)(19)
Of which
HCHS doctors(20)1,588430(19)(19)
General medical practitioners (excluding retainers)(19)6695(19)(19)
Of which
Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff4,788149173(19)6
GP practice nurses(19)4549(19)(19)

(19) Denotes data not applicable.
(20) Excludes medical hospital practitioners and medical clinical assistants, most of whom are GPs working part-time in hospitals, personal medical service (PMS) salaried GPs, restricted principals, assistants, GP registrars, salaried doctors (Para 52 SFA), PMS other, flexible career scheme GPs and GP returners.
All data as at 30 September, except 1997 GP and practice nurse data which is as at 1 October.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre GMS and PMS statistics.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre medical and dental workforce census.
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre non-medical workforce census.

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