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Cataract Operations

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cataract operations have been purchased in the private sector (a) in 2004–05 and (b) for the current year. [19019]

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Mr. Byrne: Between October 2003 and September 2005, 14,886 cataract procedures were carried out on national health service patients through the centrally-procured independent sector treatment centre programme. It is estimated that almost a further 12,000 cataract procedures will be completed by September 2006. The volume of commissioning of independent sector services contracted locally by the NHS is not collected centrally.

Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much brokerage was allocated to each hospital in the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority area in 2004–05. [21393]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is provided in the table.

Cash brokerage is managed by strategic health authorities (SHAs), so it is not possible to confirm how much brokerage has been allocated in 2004–05 to each national health service trust in Cheshire and Merseyside SHA.

In 2004–05, some organisations have received planned support. The table shows how much planned support was given to each NHS trust in Cheshire and Merseyside SHA.
Financial support for Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Trusts2004–05 Planned financial support (£000)
Mersey Regional Ambulance Service Trust0
Wirral Hospital NHS Trust5,400
St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust12,000
The Cardiothoracic Centre—Liverpool NHS Trust0
Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust0
The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust2,100
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust3,200
Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology Trust0
Liverpool Women's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust0
Walton Neurology Centre NHS Trust0
East Cheshire NHS Trust6,000
Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital Trust2,643
Five Borough Partnership NHS Trust1,153
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust9,372
Mersey Care NHS Trust0
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust7,931
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Trust0
Total Support funding49,799

2004–05 audited summarisation schedules

Community Health Care

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many responses to Your Health Your Care Your Say" have been received from (a) health professionals, (b) organisations and (c) members of the public; and if she will make a statement. [22116]

Mr. Byrne: Of 1,252 people who participated in the regional and national Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" deliberative events, 133 people said they were health or social care staff. By Monday, 31 October, 19,183 completed questionnaires had been returned, including 9,654 responses from people who indicated that they worked in health or social care. In addition, more than 2,000 responses have been received from readers of Take-a-Break" magazine and national health service publications, Prime" and Fit". The questions published in these magazines were a subset of the full set of questions, designed specifically for these publications and did not ask people about their employment.

We do not yet have figures from the local or devolved listening events. The process is designed to consult the public on what they want from community health and social care services. We are engaging with health and social care organisations in other ways, but mainly through five policy taskforces, which are making recommendations on the policy options that fit with the public views.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 October 2005, Official Report, column 1187W, on Your Health, Your Care, Your Say", how many people were selected to take part in each event. [22367]

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Mr. Byrne: The information requested is shown in the table.
Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" consultation

Number of people:
EventSelectedWho attended

Electronic Patient Records

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects all patient records to be electronic. [22596]

Mr. Byrne: Demographic data is already held electronically for most patients, most already have an electronic primary care record and many hospitals also hold information electronically. However, these tend to be restricted to the general practice or hospital in which the record is created. The number of electronic records, linked to the NHS Care Records Service will continue to increase as health professionals find that linked electronic records improve patient care. The national programme for IT in the national health service aims to deliver the NHS Care Records Service by 2010.

General Medical Services Contract

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average remuneration of (a) general practitioners and (b) consultants was in 1997; and what she estimates it will be following the introduction of the new contracts. [23754]

Mr. Byrne: Figures for general practitioners (GPs) based on information for Great Britain are shown in the table.
Remuneration of GPs , 1997–98 and 2003–04

Intended average net remuneration/income (£)

Information for consultants is shown in the table.

The new consultant contract was introduced in October 2003.
Estimated average basic salary and annual equivalent total earnings for consultants in England 1998 to 2004

Annual estimated
average payments(18)
Annualised average basic salaryAnnualised average total earnings
2004 (new contracts only(20))74,800100,900

(18) Information on basic pay, allowances and other payments is calculated to provide average basic salary and average total earnings (amount paid, including allowances, overtime, etc.).
(19) There was no survey in these years so earnings have been estimated from previous years' figures.
(20) Around 77 per cent. of consultants had moved away to the new contract by October 2004.
The NHS Earnings Survey is based on a sample of payroll data from approximately 50 per cent. of NHS trusts, thus calculated figures are estimates based on best available data.
Department of Health's August NHS staff Earnings Survey (1998 to 2003) and Health and Social Care Information Earnings survey.

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Healthcare Costs

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average daily cost is of (a) an intensive care and (b) a high dependency bed. [23197]

Mr. Byrne: The national average cost of an occupied bed day in a discrete critical care unit is available in the annual reference costs publication, which is available in the Library.

The national schedule of reference costs for 2004, the latest year available, shows activity undertaken within a national health service trust in England, the costs of an occupied bed day in different types of discrete critical care units, which is shown in the following table.
National schedule of reference costs 2004

Unit typeNational average cost per occupied bed day
Intensive therapy unit/Intensive care unit1,328
Burns intensive care unit1,039
Neurosurgical intensive care unit1,017
Spinal injuries intensive care unit779
Renal intensive care unit370
Cardiac intensive care unit1,025
High dependency unit584
Paediatric intensive care unit1,702
Neonatal intensive care unit—level one838
Neonatal intensive care unit—level two560

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