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James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have (a) successfully claimed and (b) tried to claim compensation (i) having contracted MRSA and (ii) having had a member of their family contract MRSA at an NHS hospital in each of the last five years. [34518]

Jane Kennedy: The information available is shown in the table.

Notification year
(A) Number of successful claims made (i.e. damages paid)(B) Number of attempted claims made

1.Column (A) shows the number of successful claims and column(B) shows the total number of attempted claims. It is not possible however, to provide a breakdown of the data into the question's categories (i) and (ii)—as centrally held data do not differentiate between a patient and a member of their family claiming for negligence.
2.The figures provided are in respect of all claims where MRSA is stated as an element of the claim—it could be a cause" or an injury". The contraction of the MRSA could be a non-negligent consequence of the negligent act.
3.The number of claims are shown by notification year i.e. the financial year in which the Trust was first notified that a claim was going to be made. Because the notification date can be up to three years after the incident, the information in the table is subject to updates that might place additional claims in certain years.
NHS Litigation Authority

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NHS Finance

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cumulative break-even position as reported in the final accounts of (a) strategic health authorities, (b) primary care trusts, (c) NHS trusts and (d) other care trusts was in each of the last five years, broken down by Government Office region. [29928]

Mr. Byrne: The break even cumulative position for national health service trusts for the period 2000–01 to 2004–05 is provided by Government Office region, in table one.
Table 1: Cumulative position for NHS trusts 2000–01 to 2004–05

Government Office Region2000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05
North East10,77310,70511,4789,5593,279
North West35,57135,56817,035-38-23,279
Yorkshire and the Humber7,996-4,3182,988-18,667-51,214
East Midlands11,4298,2288,4133,210-2,653
West Midlands1,6181,650-15,740-42,748-85,820
South East-23,453-42,084-58,557-89,708-160,376
South West2,662-16,180-100,355-115,333-115,934

1.For accounting purposes, the figures include data for the five care trusts.
2.The figures exclude NHS Foundation Trust data in 2004–05.
Audited summarisation schedules of the NHS trusts 2000–01 to 2004–05.

The term cumulative break even does not apply to strategic health authorities (SHAs) and primary care trusts (PCTs).

If a SHA or PCT reports a deficit position in one year, that deficit is recovered by deducting it from the resources available to them in the subsequent year, therefore their current performance represents their cumulative position.

The final audited financial position for health authorities (HA) for the period 2000–01 to 2001–02 and for SHAs, formed in 2002–03, for the period 2002–03 to 2004–05, aggregated by Government office region is provided in table two.
Table 2: Financial position of HAs and SHAs.

Government Office Region2000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05
North East1,9842,34712,83114,58525,558
North West8,6341,67833424,78555,582
Yorkshire and the Humber6,68113,2136,84126,68172,134
East Midlands3,1359,92713,94811,00123,203
West Midlands11,64818,66720,86427,96630,663
South East6,45220,2333,30326,26553,772
South West3,8448577,85916,95131,554

SHAs came into existence in 2002–03. For 2000–01 and 2001–02 figures shown are for HAs.
Audited summarisation schedules of the health authorities 2000–01 and 2001–02 and audited summarisation schedules of the strategic health authorities 2002–03 to 2004–05.

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The final audited financial position for PCTs for the period 2000–01 to 2004–05, aggregated by Government office region is provided in table three.
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Table 3: Financial positions of PCTs, 2000–01 to 2004–05

Government Office Region2000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05
North East03527,191-3,8512,147
North West01082,56910,30612,817
Yorkshire and the Humber7101,86512,8708,196-5,427
East Midlands432,99914,9239,897-2,338
West Midlands2172,63818,23711,619-5,216
South East3104,23215,4944,091-61,362
South West2,779470-6,334-11,679-44,842

Primary Care Trusts came into existence in 2000–01, however Revenue Allocations were not made directly to them until 2003–04.
Audited summarisation schedules of the primary care trusts 2000–01 to 2004–05.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) terms of reference, (b) powers and (c) costs are of the turnaround teams she is sending into NHS organisations in deficit. [35367]

Mr. Byrne: The turnaround teams will support the national health service in identifying opportunities to deliver services with greater cost-effectiveness and to make financial savings. They will help the local NHS ensure that the NHS delivers both its key targets and financial balance.

An initial assessment to ensure that the 63 organisations, that are forecasting the most significant deficits, have financial control and there are an agreed set of actions to restore financial balance began on 7 December.

Following the initial assessment the teams will agree a tailored package of turnaround support with each organisation and the strategic health authority. The teams will then support the chief executive of the organisations in delivering turnaround. The type and length of engagement will be tailored to the needs of specific organisations. The chief executives will remain responsible for delivery in their organisations.

The contract for this work was awarded in accordance with Department tendering arrangements. The amount of the contract is commercial in confidence.

NHS Interpreting Service

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Healthif she will ensure provision of a comprehensive 24-hour interpreting service within the national health service. [39403]

Ms Rosie Winterton: NHS Direct provides a 24-hour telephone service and there is full 24-hour availability of interpretation for all callers to the service. Other national health service trusts and bodies provide interpreting services on a local basis, and their availability in general reflects the opening hours of the services provided.

NHS Loans

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1)what amount of interest is paid by NHS trusts on NHS loans; [33996]

(2) if she will list NHS acute trusts which borrowed money from the NHS to remain in balance in the 2004–05financial year; and how much interest each was charged. [34254]

Mr. Byrne: No national health service organisation has the legal power to make loans to any other NHS organisation or any other body.

As NHS trusts do not have the power to lend money to other NHS organisations, there was no interest charged in respect of borrowings from the NHS.

However, strategic health authorities (SHAs) can provide planned financial support. The recovery of this support is managed locally by the SHAs.

The following table shows the planned support required by NHS trusts to achieve financial balance or better in 2004–05.
NHS trusts requiring planned support in 2004–05 to achieve financial balance

Surplus/(deficit)Planned support
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust13,58126,377
North Bristol NHS Trust2,40220,026
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust1,58018,700
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust29313,972
Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust6113,000
St. Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust912,000
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust011,200
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust879,700
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust1788,800
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust847,931
Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust2626,540
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust666,500
Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust896,322
East Cheshire NHS Trust246,000
The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust1,9986,000
Rob Jones and A Hunt Orthopaedic NHS Trust05,581
Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust125,400
Wirral Hospital NHS Trust255,400
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust25,000
Epsom and St. Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
West Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust204,127
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey MH NHS Trust8494,100
Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust1563,970
North Cumbria Acute Hospitals NHS Trust133,829
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust1,3983,500
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust73,200
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust1923,000
Milton Keynes General Hospital NHS Trust9432,900
North East London Mental Health NHS Trust1512,700
Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust762,678
Royal Liverpool Broadgreen University Hospital Trust
Tees East and North Yorkshre Ambulance Service NHS Trust
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust942,575
The Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust312,100
Birmingham and Solihull MH NHS Trust02,000
Worthing and Southlands Hospitals Trust512,000
North West Surrey MH NHS Partnership Trust71,614
Worcestershire MH Partnership NHS Trust2431,450
Avon and Wiltshire MHP NHS Trust431,200
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust4531,200
Five Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust381,153
Camden and Islington MH and Social Care Trust4941,000
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust8821,000
Surrey Oaklands NHS Trust116700
Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust7568
Westcountry Ambulance Services NHS Trust35468
East Sussex County Healthcare NHS Trust9273
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust7209

These figures do not include NHS foundation trusts.
Audited NHS trust summarisation schedules 2004–05.

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