In order to deliver the benefits of the recent review of ambulance services, Taking Healthcare to the Patient: Transforming NHS Ambulance Services, ambulance trusts need to be of a size that enables investment in
30 Nov 2005 : Column 494W
people and resources to underpin advanced services. We are therefore proposing that there should be fewer, bigger ambulance trusts and will be undertaking public consultation on these proposals this winter. These proposals will ensure resources are targeted at improving patient care and supporting front-line services.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many care homes (a) exceeded, (b) met, (c) almost met and (d) failed to meet (i) the national minimum standard for complaints procedures and (ii) Regulation (A) 5 and (B) 6 of the Care Home Regulations 2001 in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Byrne: I understand from the chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, that data are collected on how care homes are meeting the national minimum standards. How care homes have met these standards is shown in the tables.
Regulations 5, 5A and 6 set out requirements on information to be provided to the service users. Regulation 22 sets out requirements for the complaints procedure. Compliance with these regulations is a legal condition that must be met in order for a home to be registered.
|Standard 1- Information||198||2||2,199||24|
|Standard 2- Contract||92||1||4,442||48|
|Standard 16- Complaints||106||1||4,622||50|
|Standard 1- Information||311||3||6,357||54|
|Standard 2- Contract||115||1||8,096||71|
|Standard l6- Complaints||154||1||9,038||77|
|Standard 1- Information||219||2||6,573||61|
|Standard 2- Contract||65||1||7,601||74|
|Standard 16- Complaints||115||1||8,983||79|
|2- Almost met||Percentage||1- Failed to meet||Percentage|
|Standard 1- Information||4,748||51||2,201||24|
|Standard 2- Contract||3,828||41||954||10|
|Standard 16- Complaints||3,850||41||754||8|
|Standard 1- Information||2,667||23||548||5|
|Standard 2- Contract||2,199||19||398||3|
|Standard l6- Complaints|
|Standard 1- Information||3,375||31||627||6|
|Standard 2- Contract||2,184||21||394||4|
|Standard 16- Complaints||1,963||17||282||2|
|Standard 5-Needs Assessment||51||1||2,235||34|
|Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints||78||1||3,074||46|
|Standards 5-Needs Assessment||48||1||2,727||52|
|Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints||108||2||4,361||71|
|Standard 5-Needs Assessment||20||1||1,950||62|
|Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints||57||1||3,420||79|
|2 -Almost met||Percentage||1-Failed to meet||Percentage|
|Standard 5-Needs Assessment||2,850||44||1,388||21|
|Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints||2,838||43||624||9|
|Standards 5-Needs Assessment||1,891||36||618||12|
|Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints||1,415||23||224||4|
|Standard 5-Needs Assessment||949||30||227||7|
|Standard 22Concerns and Complaints||755||17||104||2|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) the Joint Committee on vaccinations and immunisations and (b) other interested parties on whether to extend the routine childhood vaccination programme to include immunisation against pneumococcal disease. 
Caroline Flint: The Joint Committee on vaccinations and immunisations provided advice on a proposed childhood pneumococcal vaccination schedule at their meeting in October 2005. This advice is currently being considered by the Department.
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms are in place to assess the effectiveness of consultant-led projects in her Department; what sanctions are available to penalise consultants who run unsuccessful projects; how many projects conducted by consultants were assessed as unsuccessful in each year since 2000; and what sanctions were imposed in each case. 
The Office of Government Commerce's Gateway process provides assurance at critical stages of a programme's or project's lifecycle and is applicable to programmes and projects managed by both internal and external resources.
30 Nov 2005 : Column 496W
Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Department takes to ensure that consultancies do not claim excessive expenses while working for her Department and its agencies. 
Jane Kennedy: In order to prevent excessive expenses being claimed, the Department either includes them as part of the total work contract or allows them to be claimed in line with departmental guidelines.
Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Health who the Director of Finance is of her Department; what specialist finance qualifications he or she holds; and what the details are of his or her career to date. 
Caroline Flint: There are no national targets for the diagnosis of hepatitis B or C. In the Hepatitis C Action Plan for England, there are two national outcome indicators intended to track increased testing. Both these indicators, drawn from epidemiological surveillance by the Health Protection Agency, should increase the proportion of those attending treatment and support agencies for injecting drug users who are aware of their hepatitis C infection and the total number of laboratory confirmed hepatitis C infection reports.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|