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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice her Department has issued to (a) primary care trusts, (b) strategic health authorities and (c) other NHS organisations on their obligations under Section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001
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in relation to (i) primary care trust mergers and (ii)strategic health authority reconfigurations; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: There is no duty to consult under section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001 (the 2001 Act) because the strategic health authority (SHA), primary care trust (PCT) and ambulance trust reconfiguration proposals amount to managerial and administrative changes only. However, if there are any proposals to make changes to service provision put forward in the future by the newly reconfigured organisations, there will be a duty on those organisations to involve and consult patients and the public on those proposals under section 11 of the 2001 Act.
Consultation guidance has been issued to all SHAs. Further to this, we are making it clear to SHAs that when preparing their summaries of the consultation responses, all views generated as a result of the consultation must be taken into account, even where these views vary from the options set out in their consultation document.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) three month vacancy rate percentage, (b) three month vacancy number and (c) number of staff in post full-time equivalent was for (i) occupational therapy staff, (ii) speech and language staff, (iii)physiotherapists, (iv) district nurses and (v) health visitors in each strategic health authority in England in (A) 1997, (B) 2001, (C) 2004 and (D) 2005. 
The rapid review panel (RRP) has been convened by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) at the request of the Department. The RRP provides a prompt assessment of new and novel equipment, materials, and other products or protocols that may be of value to the national health service in improving hospital infection control and reducing hospital acquired infections. The RRP meets every three months
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and their recommendations are published on the HPA's website at www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/rapid_review/default.htm.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by the Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust on treating NHS medical patients in the private health sector in each year since 1997. 
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many children from the West Lancashire constituency have (a) attended accident and emergency, (b) had an emergency operation, (c) had an elective operation and (d) attended outpatients at Alder Hey NHS trust in each year between 2000 and 2004. 
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) land and (b) properties belonging to the NHS in West Lancashire has (i) been sold in each year since 2000 and (ii) planned to be sold in (A) 200506 and (B)200607. 
The forecasts for 200506 recently published on the Department's publications website are based on un-audited data. The forecasts are available at: www.dh.gov.uk/PublicationsAndStatistics/FreedomOflnformation/ClassesOflnformation/fs/en
|PCT||200405 spend per head|
|Kennet and North Wiltshire||917|
|Durham and Chester-le-Street||1,142|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average cost and (b) total cost was of employing (i) consultants, (ii) registrars, (iii) other doctors in training, (iv) general medical practitioners excluding registrars, (v) general medical practitioner registrars, (vi)general practitioner retainers, (vii) qualified nurses, (viii) qualified allied health professionals, (ix) qualified scientific, therapeutic and technical staff, (x) qualified ambulance staff and (xi) all other professionally qualifiedclinical staff in England in (A) 2000 and (B) 2004; and how many full-time equivalent posts there were in each category in each year. 
Information on average cost and total cost of employing general medical practitioners excluding registrars, general medical practitioner registrars and general practitioner retainers is not held centrally. This is a matter for individual trusts.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when the more robust estimates for the prevalence of hepatitis C in England mentioned in the recent Health Protection Agency report will be available. 
Caroline Flint: The Health Protection Agency is currently developing an epidemiological model to provide more robust estimates of the prevalence of hepatitis C in England. It is anticipated that the work will be completed in mid-2006. The results will be written up and submitted for publication to a peer-reviewed journal.
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