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Mental Health

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many adolescent mental health beds there are in Milton Keynes. [35267]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not hold the information in the format requested.

Departmental figures for 2004–05 show that there are no beds classed as mental illness: children: short stay" or mental illness: children: long stay" at either Milton Keynes general hospital or the Milton Keynes primary care trust. These categories include adolescents.

NHS Dentistry

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many dentists have left the NHS to work in private practice in each year since 1997. [26575]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of dentists who have left the general dental service (GDS) and personal dental service (PDS) in England as at 30 September each year is shown in the following table.

A dentist is assumed to have left the national health service if they had an open GDS or PDS contract in September of the previous year but no GDS or PDS contract in September of the specified year.

The dental practice board does not record the reasons for joining or leaving the NHS. The figures given will include dentists who have retired from practice and dentists who have moved to private practice.
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Palliative Care

Patrick Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Hospice at Home service will be brought into line with the Payment by Results scheme for palliative care; and if she will make a statement; [36171]

(2) what assessment she has made of the likely impact of Payment by Results on statutory funding for services for palliative care commissioned from voluntary providers; and if she will make a statement. [36194]

Mr. Byrne: Work to develop healthcare resource groups for specialist palliative care, which will inform the implementation of Payment by Results, is ongoing. Part of this work will include consideration of the funding implications of introducing Payment by Results in specialist palliative care.

Healthcare resource groups are not being developed for Hospice at Home services. However, consideration is being given to the development of healthcare resource groups for community care services other than in palliative care and once this work, together with consideration of the results of the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" consultation, is complete, we will be able to give this issue further consideration.

Patrick Hall: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what public funding for palliative care was allocated for 2005–06; and what the total annual funding will be when the Government have met the Labour manifesto commitment to double spending on palliative care; [36174]

(2) if she will ensure that additional funding for palliative care promised in the Labour manifesto covers (a) full cost recovery and (b) Payment by Results. [36193]

Mr. Byrne: Primary care trusts are responsible within the national health service for commissioning and funding services for their resident populations, including palliative care. This would include meeting any costs associated with full cost recovery, recommended in the HM Treasury's Cross Cutting Review on the Role of the Voluntary Sector in Service Delivery" or the implementation of Payment by Results. The Department does not routinely collect data on the amount of funding allocated locally for palliative care services, although, as pledged in the NHS Cancer Plan 2000, an additional £50 million per annum was allocated to primary care trusts in 2005–06 for specialist palliative care.

The details of delivering our manifesto commitment are being discussed with a range of key stakeholders. Alongside this, the views of the public, service users and staff on end of life care was one of the issues covered in the Your Health, Your Care, Your Say" consultation. We will take account of what people have said in this consultation in the way we discharge our manifesto commitment.

Primary Care Trust Commissioning (Oxfordshire)

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 405W, on primary care trust commissioning (Oxfordshire), whether discussions
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regarding the proposal to put primary care trust commissioning out to tender was initiated by Thames Valley strategic health authority. [36898]

Caroline Flint [holding answer 13 December 2005]: Thames Valley strategic health authority (SHA) sought advice from the Department about the inclusion of this proposal as part of its 15 October reconfiguration submission. We advised that it should not be explored as part of the forthcoming reconfiguration exercise, as it is for the new organisations, not current ones to decide how best to manage their responsibilities after reconfiguration. This was confirmed in a letter to Thames Valley SHA on 30 November, which set out the options and conditions for consultation on the reconfiguration proposals.

Royal Liverpool University Hospital

Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what the proposals are for the development of services at the Royal Liverpool university hospital under the private finance initiative; [36401]

(2) what consultations her Department plans to hold on the future of services at the Royal Liverpool university hospital. [36402]

Mr. Byrne: The strategic outline case (SOC) for the development of the Royal Liverpool university hospital was approved in July 2004.

The SOC proposal was for all of the current services to be re-provided in a new build of the Royal Liverpool university hospital on the existing site expanding eastwards. Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority report that the exact service configuration will need to be agreed before the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen university hospitals national health service trust can develop a public sector comparator to allow it to test affordability and value for money within the outline business case (OBC).

Once the location of the proposed new hospital and the configuration of services have been identified the local health community will need to undergo a formal consultation exercise as part of the OBC process, prior to consideration by the Department.

Turnaround Teams

Mr. Truswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health into which NHS organisations in West Yorkshire her Department intends to send turnaround teams. [35439]

Mr. Byrne: It is planned that there is an assessment with the West Yorkshire strategic health authority of the financial position of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust.

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many cases of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) have been notified in each year since the disease was first recognised; and how many of these resulted in (a) deaths from definite vCJD and (b) deaths from probable vCJD. [35111]

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Caroline Flint: The information requested is shown in the table.
Case reports and deaths from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) from 1995 to date

vCJD cases reportedDefiniteProbable

(8)To 5 December 2005.
There is no correlation between reports and deaths in the columns in the table for any one year as reporting, diagnosis and death in any one case may not occur in the same year.
National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit (NCJDSU), Edinburgh.


Dr. Blackman-Woods: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is for NHS patients in England for a bespoke powered wheelchair. [35437]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not held centrally.

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