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Pennine Acute Hospital Trust

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her estimate is of (a) the cost of implementation and (b) the capital investment required for each of the five options for the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust under the Healthy Futures Site Options reconfiguration exercise. [28465]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 November 2005]: The cost of implementation and the capital investment required for the three (not five) options of the reconfiguration of health services in the North East sector of Greater Manchester, known as healthy futures, is not yet available. Full details of the costs of all the options, capital and revenue, are due to be published in the formal consultation document which is due to be issued on 7 December and will be made available on the website at: www.bestforhealth.nhs.uk

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the future capital investment programme is for the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust; [28466]

(2) what capital investment has taken place since 1997 in each of the hospitals that make up the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust. [28469]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 November 2005]: This is a matter for the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust. The information requested can be obtained from the trust and the Greater Manchester Strategic Health Authority.

Paul Rowen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what income has been obtained from the sale of surplus land and property in the hospitals that make up the Pennine Acute Hospital Trust since 1997. [28467]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 14 November 2005]: The information requested is not held centrally.

Policy Development

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) focus groups and (b) other public consultation meetings to help develop and refine policy on health her Department has commissioned in the last year; what the cost was of each; and if she will make a statement. [24401]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Department is committed to consulting and involving the public so as to help develop and refine policy. Focus groups and other public consultation meetings are used when these represent an economical, efficient and effective means to achieve this end.
 
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School Nurses

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate her Department has made of the optimum number of school nurses in England; [24249]

(2) how many school nurses are practising; [24250]

(3) how many school nurses work (a) part time and (b) full time; [24251]

(4) in how many schools on average each (a) full-time and (b) part-time school nurse practises; [24252]

(5) how many school nurses have been in practice in each year since 1997. [24254]

Mr. Byrne: The majority of school nurses are currently employed and managed by the local national health service primary care trust (PCT). They were counted fully for the first time in the September 2004 NHS workforce census, which showed that there were 2,409 qualified nurses working in school nursing, of whom 856 were qualified school nurses. The next count will be available from the September 2005 census. Information on numbers of school nurses employed in the NHS working part time and full time is shown in the table.

We are providing new funding so that by 2010 every PCT, working with children's trusts and local authorities, will be resourced to have at least one full-time, year-round, qualified school nurse working with each cluster or group of primary schools and the related secondary school, taking account of health needs and school populations.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of schools in which each school nurse practises.
NHS hospital and community health services: qualified nurses working in school nursing by nature of contract in England by headcount as at 30 September 2004
headcount

TotalFull timePart timeBank
Qualified nurses working in
school nursing
2,4093132,05838
of which
Qualified school nurses
85615169510




Source:
Department of Health Non-Medical Workforce Census 2004



Smoking

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what model was used to determine the costs and benefits of options one to four for banning smoking in enclosed public places contained within the partial regulatory impact assessment on the smoke free aspect of the Health Bill. [25271]

Caroline Flint: Paragraph 28 of the partial regulatory impact assessment sets out details of the methodology followed for assessing the costs and benefits, which are discussed in more detail in the published economic
 
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paper, Smoke free public places-a report to the Chief Medical Officer" is available on the Department's website:

A copy of the paper is available in the Library.

Social Services

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to develop a national tariff for social care services. [23098]

Mr. Byrne: Payment by results (PbR) is being implemented to regulate the way money flows around the national health service; to provide the right balance of incentives to reward good performance, to support sustainable reductions in waiting times for patients, and to make the best use of available capacity. We currently have no plans to substitute PbR for the Best Value regime that governs local authority contracting.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under what legal powers local authority social services departments establish panels of elected members to make decisions about the funding of care packages and placements. [22472]

Mr. Byrne: It is for each local authority to organise its decision-making processes as it thinks best in accordance with the procedures for local government decision making laid down in local government legislation.

Where a local authority has in place executive arrangements, any function, which is the responsibility of the executive, must be discharged in accordance with sections 14, 15 or 16 of the Local Government Act 2000, depending on the type of executive arrangements in place, and regulations made under section 18 to 20 of the Local Government Act 2000.

Section 101 of the Local Government Act 1972, allows a local authority to arrange for the discharge of any of their functions, which are the responsibility of the full council by a committee, sub-committee or officer of the authority.

Tamiflu

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether her Department is involved in negotiations with Roche to speed up manufacturing of Tamiflu; and if she will make a statement. [22090]

Caroline Flint: Officials have been in regular contact with Roche and the company has recently agreed to bring forward the delivery date from December 2006 to September 2006. We will continue to work very closely with them over the course of the deliveries.

Travel Costs

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the additional cost of claims under the hospital travel costs scheme arising from her patient choice policy; and whether relatives will be able to claim under the scheme for long distance visits to patients in hospital. [25541]


 
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Ms Rosie Winterton: The hospital travel cost scheme is a statutory scheme for people on low incomes. The Department does not collect information on the cost of the scheme.

Visitors are not eligible for assistance under the scheme.

Velcade

Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the progress of the fast track referral to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence of velcade for the treatment of multiple myeloma. [24550]

Jane Kennedy: Velcade for multiple myeloma was referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on 20 July 2005. Velcade will be one of the first drugs to be appraised using NICE'S new Single Technology Appraisal process, which will allow guidance to be issued shortly after any licence is granted.


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