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Mr. Byrne: Table 1 shows the total combined spend by primary care trusts (PCTs) in England, for both general medical services (GMS) and personal medical services (PMS), on payments to general practitioners and, since financial year 200405, practices in providing primary medical services (PMEDs) for financial years 200001 to 200405.
|Total GMS including|
PMS spend (£ million)
|GMS salaried GPs only|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 1294W, on Health Outside Hospitals, whether she had received expressions of interest to run the consultation from companies with whom the Central Office of Information did not hold framework agreements prior to the contract being awarded; when Opinion Leader Research agreed a framework agreement with the Central Office of Information; when this framework agreement was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union; and what assessment she has made of the cost-effectiveness of restricting the number of companies to which the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" contract could be offered to those with which the Central Office of Information holds a framework agreement. 
Opinion Leader Research secured the current framework agreement with the Central Office of Information in December 2004. It was advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union in February 2004.
The process of restricting the number of companies, open to tender for the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" contract, to only those whom the COI held a framework reduced the amount of time taken to procure services, from several months to a few weeks, while still conforming with procurement legislation.
Mr. Byrne: New providers will give patients wider choice in where they receive treatment. Independent sector providers will provide a challenge by offering high quality and innovative services, and patient choice will challenge national health service providers to match the service quality and performance of the independent sector, thus promoting improved patient services.
Ms Rosie Winterton: As at 30 September 2005, there were 11 dental surgeries working in the national health service general dental service (GDS) or personal dental service (PDS) within Uxbridge parliamentary constituency. Of these, one had opened since 30 September 1997. No dental surgeries have closed within this area in the same time period.
Caroline Flint: The Choosing Health" White Paper sets out the Government's strategy to promote healthy eating among children and the general population. Action includes healthy start which reforms the welfare food scheme, the 5 A DAY programme, the school fruit and vegetable scheme, the joint Department of Health and Department of Education and Skills food in schools programme and the obesity social marketing programme.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the strategic health authority plans are for the level of services to be provided by Hemel Hempstead general hospital; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire strategic health authority have advised that the implementation of Investing In Your Health" will mean that Hemel Hempstead hospital will have the following:
It will deliver all West Hertfordshire's day case surgery, most elective orthopaedic activity and most non-cancer related general surgery. It will also provide some planned day case paediatric surgery.
The department will not treat major trauma cases but it is expected that around 80 per cent. of the people currently visiting the A and E department would be safely cared for under the new arrangement. Patients will be seen and treated far more quickly than at present. Under current arrangements they have to wait as more urgent cases come in.
Although most cancer treatment will be provided at the new state-of-the-art Hatfield hospital cancer unit, many diagnostic minor illness or injury will be seen and treated far more quickly than at present as under current arrangements they have to wait as more urgent cases come in.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 November 2005]: Any decisions regarding the children's ward at Hemel Hempstead hospital are a matter for the local national health service, which has responsibility for the reconfiguration and delivery of local service, working in partnership with its local community.
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 21 November 2005]: Any decision regarding the re-opening of York Ward at Hemel Hempstead hospital is a matter for the local national health service, which has the responsibility for the reconfiguration and delivery of local services, working in partnership with the communities it serves.
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