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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 30 November 2005


Ambulance Service

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact upon the Tees, Yorkshire and Humberside Ambulance Service of the recent reconfiguration. [30317]

Mr. Byrne: There has been no reconfiguration in this geographical area since the Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service National Health Service Trust was formed in 1999.

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
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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.

Care Home Regulations 2001

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. [22378]

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.
Care homes for older people

Standard 1- Information19822,19924
Standard 2- Contract9214,44248
Standard 16- Complaints10614,62250
Standard 1- Information31136,35754
Standard 2- Contract11518,09671
Standard l6- Complaints15419,03877
Standard 1- Information21926,57361
Standard 2- Contract6517,60174
Standard 16- Complaints11518,98379

2- Almost metPercentage1- Failed to meetPercentage
Standard 1- Information4,748512,20124
Standard 2- Contract 3,8284195410
Standard 16- Complaints 3,850417548
2003–04 4,157359548
Standard 1- Information 2,667235485
Standard 2- Contract 2,199193983
Standard l6- Complaints
Standard 1- Information 3,375316276
Standard 2- Contract 2,184213944
Standard 16- Complaints1,963172822

Care homes for younger adults

Standard 1-Information11621,01015
Standard 5-Needs Assessment5112,23534
Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints7813,07446
Standard 1-Information11522,60144
Standards 5-Needs Assessment4812,72752
Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints10824,36171
Standard 1-Information8322,04257
Standard 5-Needs Assessment2011,95062
Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints5713,42079

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2 -Almost metPercentage1-Failed to meetPercentage
Standard 1-Information3,646551,84428
Standard 5-Needs Assessment2,850441,38821
Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints2,838436249
Standard 1-Information2,5674364711
Standards 5-Needs Assessment1,8913661812
Standard 22-Concerns and Complaints1,415232244
Standard 1-Information1,285361945
Standard 5-Needs Assessment949302277
Standard 22—Concerns and Complaints755171042

The total number of homes scored against standard 1 does not always match the total number of homes scored against Standard 2 and Standard 16 for each inspection year in the tables, as not all homes arc inspected against every standard.
Registration and Inspection (R&I) Database, 1 October 2005

Childhood Vaccinations

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. [28706]

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. [29071]

Jane Kennedy: 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.
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The information requested in relation to individual projects is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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. [29072]

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.

Departmental Staff

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. [26322]

Mr. Byrne: The finance director is Richard Douglas. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. In summary his career history is:

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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if the Government have set targets for the diagnosis of hepatitis (a) B and (b) C on an annual basis. [30845]

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.

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