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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients were diagnosed as having HIV/AIDS in (a) St Albans, (b) Hertfordshire and (c) England in each year since 1997. [43130]

Caroline Flint: 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:

Home Oxygen Service

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. [42730]

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.

Hospitals (North-West)

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. [42640]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 17 January 2006]: The information requested is not held centrally and can instead be obtained direct from the Cheshire and Merseyside strategic health authority.

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. [43559]

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.

Independent Sector Treatment

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. [25717]

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Mr. Byrne: Information on the number of procedures performed by centrally procured independent sector schemes from 2003–04 is shown in the table.
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Information on other independent sector providers commissioned locally is not collected centrally.
Procedures and diagnostics, by strategic health authority (SHA), by financial year figures to 30 November 2005

SHA2003–04 Activity2004–05 Activity2005–06 Activity2003–04 Diags2004–05 Diags2005–06 Diags
Dorset and Somerset SHA2,544
Greater Manchester SHA2,366
Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA861
Kent and Medway SHA110
Leicestershire, Northampton and Rutland SHA1,6772,106874
North East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA240
Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA474
South West Peninsula SHA1,856
Surrey and Sussex SHA2,524
Thames Valley4542,303
Trent SHA2,3453,340
West Midlands South183909
West Yorkshire SHA1,2086,473
Ophthalmic Chain1,98610,3056,989
Gen Supplementary 118,9627,578
Gen Supplementary 216,804

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 2004–05. [38945]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 20 December 2005]: In 2004–05, 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 2004–05 calculation differs from those reflected in the 2003–04 calculation shown in the answer of 16 March 2005, Official Report, column 271W, to my right hon. Friend.

Influenza Vaccine

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 2005–06; and what the rate was in each year since 1997–98. [33196]

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.
Flu uptake, December 2000 to October 2005

Position at end December:Uptake (%)
October 200549

Data on vaccine uptake in those under 65 years of age in a medical risk group have only been collected since 2004. Vaccine uptake data in these groups was 43 per cent. by the end of December 2004.

Data on vaccine uptake by individual medical risk group were started this year. By the end of October 2005, 25 per cent. of at-risk people under 65 years of age had been vaccinated.
Vaccine uptake in those under 65 years of age within each risk group was:

Chronic respiratory disease, including asthma12
Chronic heart disease29
Chronic renal disease21
Chronic liver disease10

Intensive Care

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 6 December 2005, what data on intensive care units are available to the emergency beds service. [36410]

Mr. Byrne: 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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