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Digital Hearing Aids

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people in the (a) Adur, Arun and Worthing primary care trust area, (b) West Sussex and (c) England have been fitted with a digital hearing aid through the NHS; and what estimate she has made of the numbers remaining in each area to be switched over from analogue aids. [33108]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held centrally. The modernising hearing aid services programme estimates that approximately 500,000 people have now been fitted with digital hearing aids.

Disabled Care

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will bring forward legislation to ensure that a national standard of care is available to all disabled people based on nationally agreed criteria for assessing individual needs and risks; and if she will make a statement. [29715]

Mr. Byrne: There are a range of different models for assessing people's needs across different client groups and in different local authorities. In taking forward the Green Paper 'Independence, Wellbeing and Choice', we will consider the extent to which needs assessment could be streamlined.

Under the Care Standards Act 2000, all care homes in England are regulated by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in accordance with statutory regulations and national minimum standards, to ensure consistency and improve the quality of life and level of protection for the most vulnerable people in society.

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to increase the funding of the East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust; and if she will make a statement. [32143]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 28 November 2005]: The Department does not allocate funding to national health service trusts. Primary care trusts (PCTs), with their specific local knowledge and expertise, are now responsible for the commissioning of all health services and, to reflect this responsibility, funding is allocated to PCTs. Funding for NHS trusts is therefore dependant on the level of services they are able to contract with commissioning PCTs.
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Significant levels of resources have been made available to the NHS. The latest round of revenue allocations to PCTs, covering the period 2006–07 and 2007–08, represents £135 billion investment in the NHS. Over the two years covered by this allocation PCTs will receive an average increase of 19.5 per cent.

Each NHS trust has a statutory duty to break-even over a three-year period. While the financial situation for 2005–06 is challenging, the trust has a financial recovery plan in place and is forecasting to break-even in the current financial year.

Expenses Claims

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) hospital consultants, (b) general practitioners and (c) nurses are entitled to make an expense claim for their travelling costs to attend NHS hospitals; and if she will make a statement. [27983]

Mr. Byrne: The NHS Employers organisation is now responsible for maintaining and publishing pay and terms and conditions of national health service staff. The information requested can be found on their website at

For consultants appointed before 2003 details of entitlements to expenses can be found in the 2002 terms and conditions handbook for Hospital Medical and Dental Staff and Doctors in Public Health and the Community, in paragraphs 277 to 308.

For consultants appointed after 2003 the entitlements are within the 2003 Consultant Contract, Schedule 21. Alternative provisions may be made locally.

Copies of both sets of terms and conditions can be found in the Library.

For those general practitioners on a general medical service contract, any payment for travelling expenses will be by agreement between the two parties concerned. There is no provision in the GMS contract relating to payment for travel expenses.

The NHS terms and conditions handbook, which applies to staff, including nurses, employed on the new Agenda for Change pay system contains information on entitlement to expenses in chapter three. A copy is also available in the Library.

Finished Consultant Episodes

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many finished consultant episodes there were in (a) 1994–95 and (b) 2004–05 where the primary diagnosis was coded as (i) F10, (ii) K70 and (iii) T51 for each strategic health authority for those aged (A) over 18, (B) those under 18, (C) those under 16 and (D) those under 14 years. [18656]

Caroline Flint: The nearest approximation to the data requested is shown in the table.
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Count of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for primary diagnosis F10, K70 or T51—broken down by age and strategic health authority. Data for all NHS hospitals in England, data years 1996–97 and 2003–04

Sum of FCEs
SHALess than 1414–1616–18Greater than 18Total
Q01Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA6034229661,082
Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA86524622764
Q03Essex SHA47213748819
Q04North West London SHA312341,2261,284
Q05North Central London SHA46173886952
Q06North East London SHA47859871,047
Q07South East London SHA4522101,0181,095
Q08South West London SHA66372878983
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA13280341,6491,895
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley SHA15884281,0731,343
Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA7743509681,138
Q12West Yorkshire SHA14160411,5731,815
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire SHA14880502,4502,728
Q14Greater Manchester SHA17878343,0753,365
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside SHA211123603,6474,041
Q16Thames Valley SHA3824131,0141,089
Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA5936271,2531,375
Q18Kent and Medway SHA694012858979
Q19Surrey and Sussex SHA9059231,6921,864
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA9345211,4491,608
Q21South West Peninsula SHA7235331,0661,206
Q22Dorset and Somerset SHA3735149901,076
Q23South Yorkshire SHA9547268721,040
Q24Trent SHA11961302,1602,370
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA68286774876
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA10642161,1131,277
Q27Birmingham and the Black Country SHA10561222,3392,527
Q28West Midlands South SHA9763271,5231,710
UEngland—not otherwise specified33365371
XForeign (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands)1514350
ZNorthern Ireland1818
Grand total2,5661,36763840,67245,243

SHALess than 1414–1616–18Greater than 18Total
Q01Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA8952192,1932,353
Q02Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA834871,1361,274
Q03Essex SHA402181,2341,303
Q04North West London SHA5131101,7701,862
Q05North Central London SHA332731,2141,277
Q06North East London SHA562771,5051,595
Q07South East London SHA4836121,7291,825
Q08South West London SHA737371,2231,376
Q09Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA7141152,0622,189
Q10County Durham and Tees Valley SHA7562161,5441,697
Q11North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA15386311,6441,914
Q12West Yorkshire SHA12153272,0612,262
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire SHA15281412,8163,090
Q14Greater Manchester SHA211106343,8544,205
Q15Cheshire and Merseyside SHA205133495,3685,755
Q16Thames Valley SHA7837111,2531,379
Q17Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA9370371,8292,029
Q18Kent and Medway SHA10336181,0291,186
Q19Surrey and Sussex SHA155106171,8222,100
Q20Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA9466271,7951,982
Q21South West Peninsula SHA11072432,0002,225
Q22Dorset and Somerset SHA4634121,0161,108
Q23South Yorkshire SHA5638161,4981,608
Q24Trent SHA14079233,0343,276
Q25Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA5633111,4821,582
Q26Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA1265861,5671,757
Q27Birmingham and the Black Country SHA13983402,8333,095
Q28West Midlands South SHA875891,4461,600
UEngland—not otherwise specified1157832855
XForeign (including Isle of Man and Channel Islands)2648294
ZNorthern Ireland2424
Grand total2,7841,67457555,66060,693

F10 —mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol
K70—alcoholic liver disease
T51(A)— toxic effect of alcohol
1. The data only cover 2003–04 because the 2004–05 data will not be ready for release before December 2005.
2. The data shown are only for 1996–97, rather than 1994–95, for two reasons: international classification of diseases (ICD) 10 codes as requested are not applicable for 1994–95 because ICD10 was only introduced in 1995–96. Attempts to back reference the codes to the ICD9 code list do not reveal a comparable data set. Secondly, strategic health authorities (SHAs) were introduced from 2002–03 and we have done a mapping exercise to apply the new boundaries back to 1996–97. Before this point, SHA breakdowns are not applicable. As such, 1996–97 has been presented as the earliest year where both diagnosis and geographical conditions can be met.

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