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Data on HIV diagnoses are not available by town or by county; they are available by strategic health authority (SHA). The data for
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Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA and England can be found on the Health Protection Agency's website at:
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation took place with (a) general practitioners, (b) pharmacists and (c) patients regarding the quality of products and services supplied by Air Products Ltd and British Oxygen Cylinders before the contract for the new Home Oxygen Service for the South West was awarded in July 2005. 
Jane Kennedy: Consultation took place with representatives of clinical staff, including pharmacists, and those representing patients using the home oxygen service to develop the new service specification, which was included with documents issued in October 2004 to all those tendering for the service. Among other things, those submitting tenders included details of the range of equipment offered to support delivery of the new service requirements. Those assessing tenders received for the South West included local clinical and other national health service staff involved in the provision of respiratory care services.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings have taken place between the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority and (a) chief executives of trusts and (b) non-executive directors of trusts to discuss possible changes to hospital services in Warrington; and what the date was of each meeting. 
Mrs. Ellman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last discussed funding for (a) Royal Liverpool University hospital and (b) Royal Liverpool children's hospital at Alder Hey; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 19 January 2006]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave on 17 November 2005, Official Report, column 1449W. The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University hospitals national health service trust and the Royal Liverpool Children's NHS Trust are still developing their respective outline business cases before submitting them for approval to Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority and then the Department.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS-funded (a) operations and (b) imaging scans have been (i) funded and (ii) performed in the independent sector in each of the last seven years, broken down by health authority. 
|SHA||200304 Activity||200405 Activity||200506 Activity||200304 Diags||200405 Diags||200506 Diags|
|Dorset and Somerset SHA||||||2,544|||||||
|Greater Manchester SHA||2,366|||||||
|Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA||||||861|||||||
|Kent and Medway SHA||||||110|||||||
|Leicestershire, Northampton and Rutland SHA||1,677||2,106||874|||||||
|North East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA||||||240|||||||
|Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA||||||474|||||||
|South West Peninsula SHA||||||1,856|||||||
|Surrey and Sussex SHA||||||2,524|||||||
|West Midlands South||||183||909|||||||
|West Yorkshire SHA||||||1,208||||||6,473|
|Gen Supplementary 1||||18,962||7,578|||||||
|Gen Supplementary 2||16,804|||||||
Frank Dobson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 16 March 2005, Official Report, column 271W, on independent sector treatment centres, what the equivalent figures were for 200405. 
Mr. Byrne [holding answer 20 December 2005]: In 200405, it is estimated that procedures purchased under the independent sector treatment centre programme cost an average 11.2 per cent. above the national health service equivalent cost, using NHS tariff as the base for the equivalent cost calculation. The range and complexity of procedure included in the 200405 calculation differs from those reflected in the 200304 calculation shown in the answer of 16 March 2005, Official Report, column 271W, to my right hon. Friend.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the uptake rate for free influenza vaccine has been in each at-risk group in 200506; and what the rate was in each year since 199798. 
Caroline Flint: Data on flu vaccine uptake in the over 65 age group were first collected from the start of the flu campaign in 2000 when we introduced the programme to vaccinate the over 65s. Uptake in this group over for the last five years is shown in the table.
|Position at end December:||Uptake (%)|
|Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma||12|
|Chronic heart disease||29|
|Chronic renal disease||21|
|Chronic liver disease||10|
The national intensive care bed information service holds information about whether a hospital has facilities to support general intensive
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and high dependency care. The service also holds information on whether a hospital can provide specialist critical care to treat, for example, serious burn injuries, neurological conditions, serious head injuries, adverse reactions to drugs and poisons, renal failure, liver failure, spinal injuries and other critical conditions. The service holds unvalidated, snapshot management information on the number of intensive care beds reported as staffed; open; occupied and available.
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