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Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what public funding has been provided to hospices in the Gravesham area in each year since 1997. [35608]

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Caroline Flint: The Department does not routinely collect the data requested. The level of funding given to local hospices is a matter for discussion between the commissioning primary care trust and the hospice.

Hospital Facilities

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what regulations she has made concerning separate (a) sleeping areas, (b) washing facilities and (c) toilet facilities in new NHS hospital buildings. [35191]

Ms Rosie Winterton: We appreciate the fact that many hospital patients feel more comfortable if they are in an area with other people of their own gender. We have set clear standards requiring the NHS to treat patients with dignity and respect, in environments that are supportive of privacy.

Guidance issued to the national health service on the design of healthcare facilities sets out best practice standards in providing separate accommodation for the sexes, and maintaining patients' privacy and dignity. Single-sex accommodation is provided in 97 per cent. of NHS trusts.

Hospital Finance

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals in England are in debt; by how much in each case; and if she will make a statement. [32018]

Mr. Byrne: The latest available audited data on the financial position of national health service trusts in England is for 2004–05. The 2004–05 financial position of all NHS organisations, including NHS trusts that reported an overspend in 2004–05, has been placed in the Library. It is also available on the Department's website at:
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Hospital Food

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 28 October 2005, Official Report, column 581W, on hospital food, if she will provide a breakdown of the information by (a) NHS trust and (b) region. [33471]

Jane Kennedy: The information requested is available in the Library.

Hospital Staff

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals are planning staff cuts; and what sectors of jobs are being cut in each case. [32189]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not collected centrally. Local delivery plans suggest that the national health service is planning to increase the overall number of staff in the period from March 2004 to March 2006.

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) new build and (b) refurbishment programmes in the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust since 1997 were completed within budget. [33571]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not collected centrally but can instead be provided by the Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust.

Hull Royal Infirmary

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health at what operational capacity the MRI scanners at Hull Royal Infirmary operated in the last period for which figures are available. [32962]

Mr. Byrne: Data on the operational capacity of magnetic resonance imaging scanners are not collected centrally. Data on the number of magnetic resonance imaging scans performed in 2004–05, by national health service trusts are available at:

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of eligible heart attack victims received blood clot removing drugs within 20 minutes of arriving at the Hull Royal Infirmary in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average percentage for hospitals in England was in the same period. [32972]

Mr. Byrne: The percentage of eligible heart attack victims receiving blood clot removing drugs at Hull Royal Infirmary within 20 minutes for July to September 2005 was 48 per cent. The national aggregate average for the same period was 61 per cent.

Hull Royal Infirmary with the local ambulance service should continue to work together to increase the proportion of people suffering from heart attack who are treated within an hour of calling for help. The national target is to increase this proportion by 10 percentage points per year.
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There may be good clinical reasons for taking time to administer appropriate drugs; for example, complex symptoms sometimes require more expert advice or more tests.


Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department made of (a) the impact on general practitioners' finances and (b) the availability of immunisation services before the five-in-one vaccine was introduced; and if she will make a statement. [33539]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 1 December 2005]: Uptake levels of diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, Hib and polio at 24 months of age has not changed significantly since the introduction of Pediacel in September 2004 and remains around 93 per cent. for England. No assessment has been made of the impact of Pediacel's introduction on general practitioner's finances and could not be easily done.

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioners have indicated that they intend to opt out of the Government's childhood immunisation programme; and if she will make a statement. [33541]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 1 December 2005]: There is no information available centrally on how many practices are planning to opt out of providing childhood immunisation services. Should they choose to do so, as provided for within the new primary medical care contractual arrangements, a practice would lose one per cent. of their global sum payment.

Intensive Care

Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on pandemic planning of a reduction in high dependency or intensive care services at Burnley General Hospital. [26125]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 29 November 2005]: It is for the local national health service to assess the potential demands in its area and to plan appropriate responses that may include opening additional capacity, cancelling or diverting planned work and providing care in a variety of locations away from traditional critical care areas.

All NHS organisations are expected to have plans in place which are appropriate for a possible human 'flu pandemic and which are regularly tested and updated. The operational guidance on planning for a 'flu pandemic originally published in May 2005 and updated in October 2005 contains planning checklists for strategic health authorities (SHAs), primary care trusts and NHS trusts to inform their plans. The Department will be working with SHAs to ensure those plans are in place across the country.

IT Projects

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many of the IT projects costing over £1 million in
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use in her Department and introduced since 1997 have been scrutinised by the Public Accounts Committee; and if she will list them. [26590]

Mr. Byrne: Since 1997 none of the Department's projects costing £1 million or more and in use was subject to scrutiny by the Public Accounts Committee.

Mental Health

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many non-British passport holders are detained in the United Kingdom under the Mental Health Act 1983. [33110]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally.

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in implementing the objectives of (a) the Mental Health National Service Framework and (b) the NHS Plan since 2000 in (i)North West Leicestershire and (ii) England. [33287]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The implementation of the national service framework for mental health" is envisaged to take 10 years and a comprehensive account of the progress made in the first half of the implementation period is available in the national director for mental health's report, The National Service Framework for Mental Health—Five Years On".

Most of the targets set for mental health services in the NHS Plan" have now been met. At the end of March, there were 343 crisis resolution, 262 assertive and 109 early intervention teams in England. In addition, 1,520 community gateway, 654 carer support and 648 graduate primary care staff were employed in the national health service.

Since the publication of the NHS Plan, 205 secure beds and 75 specialist rehabilitation hostel places for people with personality disorders have been created. The NHS Plan included a target to move up to 400 inappropriately placed patients out of the high security hospitals, which was achieved by its end of 2004 target date. All prisoners with severe mental health illness now have a care plan and 360 prison in-reach staff have been recruited to help manage prisoners with severe mental illness.

At the end of March, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust, which delivers mental health services in North West Leicestershire, was providing six crisis resolution, one early intervention and four assertive outreach teams. In addition, 38.7 whole-time equivalent (wte) graduate primary care, 10 wte community gateway and 2.2 wte carer support staff were employed by the Leicester Partnership NHS Trust at the end of March.

David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with the Healthcare Commission on measures to improve the performance of NHS mental health services. [33288]

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Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has worked closely with the Healthcare Commission on the development of performance indicators for assessing mental heath services in 2005–06 and expects to do so for 2006–07. This covers the assessment of both mental health provider trusts and the commissioning role of primary care trusts. The Healthcare Commission's assessments of mental health services are based on the framework of standards and objectives set out in National Standards, Local Action—Health and Social Care Standards and Planning Framework for 2005–06 to 2007–08".

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on (a) talking treatments and (b) drug treatments for mental health problems delivered through primary care services in each strategic health authority area in each year between 2000–01 and 2004–05. [34355]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not available in the requested format. Information about spend on drugs listed in the British National Formulary Chapter 4 (central nervous system drugs) that were dispensed in the community in England in each year from 2001–02 to 2004–05 is shown in table 1.
Table 1


Prescription information is taken from the Prescription Cost Analysis system, supplied by the Prescription Pricing Authority, and is based on a full analysis of all prescriptions dispensed in the community (i.e. by community pharmacists and appliance contractors, dispensing doctors, and prescriptions submitted by prescribing doctors for items personally administered in England.) Also included are prescriptions written in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man but dispensed in England. The data do not cover drugs dispensed in hospitals, including mental health trusts, or private prescriptions.

Information about spend on talking treatments that were delivered in primary care is not held centrally by the Department. The National Survey of Investment in Mental Health Services has captured information on planned spend on psychological therapy services since 2001–02. This information is shown in table 2 and reports of the National Survey of Investment in Mental Health Services for each financial year from 2001–02 to 2004–05 are available at
Table 2


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