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IT Projects

Gregory Barker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent on cost overruns on information technology projects in the NHS since 1997. [27501]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 11 November 2005]: Funding of information technology projects in the national health service has historically been the responsibility of individual NHS bodies. Before the advent of the national programme for information technology at the beginning of 2003, any funding provided by the Department was given as a contribution to local initiatives, for which business responsibility and overall expenditure control rested with the NHS bodies concerned.

All the systems being funded and deployed by the Department as part of the national programme are proceeding on budget. No additional costs have been incurred.

Late Payments

Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many suppliers have waited longer than 30 days for payment in each year since NHS Professionals was established; and what the amounts of the payments were. [38870]

Mr. Byrne: NHS Professionals was established on 1 April 2004. In 2004–05, NHS Professionals paid 97 per cent. of its bills within 30 days or contract terms. 1,092 bills were not paid on time out of a total of 35,698; these bills amounted to a value of £1.9 million in comparison to a total value of £36.6 million.

Mental Health

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 8 December 2005, Official Report, column 1565W, on antidepressants, if she will provide the information broken down by the following age groups: (a) 0 to 15 years, (b) 16 to 18 years and in full-time education and (c) people aged 60 years and over. [38892]

Mr. Byrne: Aged-based prescription data is available only for the exemption categories as shown in the following tables. The data refers to the quantity prescribed and the cost to the national health service in England for each antidepressant in 2004–05. Data is not available for other years.
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Table 1: Antidepressant quantities prescribed on the NHS in England 2004–05 for charge-exempt age categories

Number of NHS prescriptions in England
Name of antidepressant0–15 years16 to 18 years and in full-time education60 years
and over
Amitriptyline Embonate0018
Amitriptyline Hydrochloride18,28415,9122,737,111
Citalopram Hydrobromide9,62725,8611,783,585
Clomipramine Hydrochloride1,356945157,195
Desipramine Hydrochloride0010
Dosulepin Hydrochloride2,6725,6071,239,658
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride26,42240,9911,163,009
Flupentixol Hydrochloride480739109,057
Fluvoxamine Maleate5334458,703
Imipramine Hydrochloride10,8961,392131,384
Lofepramine Hydrochloride1,0752,576235,138
Maprotiline Hydrochloride20817,472
Mianserin Hydrochloride0016,244
Nefazodone Hydrochloride001,295
Other Preparations000
Paroxetine Hydrochloride2,6014,290699,456
Phenelzine Sulphate202015,556
Protriptyline Hydrochloride000
Sertraline Hydrochloride10,45712,395696,421
Tranylcypromine Sulphate402011,095
Trazodone Hydrochloride9431,373280,134
Trimipramine Maleate382241100,877

Table 2: Costs for antidepressants prescribed in England 2004–05 for charge-exempt age categories

Cost of NHS prescriptions in England 2004–05 (£)
Name of antidepressant0 to 15 years16 to 18 years and in full-time education60 years and over
Amitriptyline Embonate0.000.0079.53
Amitriptyline Hydrochloride6,473.6329,724.315,043,584.32
Citalopram Hydrobromide171,030.39433,873.2227,890,019.25
Clomipramine Hydrochloride5,347.534,430.61804,550.83
Desipramine Hydrochloride0.000.00433.18
Dosulepin Hydrochloride8,833.7917,562.964,522,827.49
Fluoxetine Hydrochloride204,598.43202,509.174,484,031.00
Flupentixol Hydrochloride1,027.752,036.23330,810.78
Fluvoxamine Maleate8,634.248,405.73195,849.62
Imipramine Hydrochloride29,999.154,049.12378,914.75
Lofepramine Hydrochloride11,012.5324,204.802,386,055.58
Maprotiline Hydrochloride539.72910.4856,736.44
Mianserin Hydrochloride0.000.00121,053.08
Nefazodone Hydrochloride0.000.0030,432.85
Other Preparations0.000.000.00
Paroxetine Hydrochloride49,834.4782,321.2710,282,366.48
Phenelzine Sulphate717.92394.89277,699.67
Protriptyline Hydrochloride0.000.000.00
Sertraline Hydrochloride271,203.71300,393.3614,950,213.87
Tranylcypromine Sulphate921.88438.96148,245.40
Trazodone Hydrochloride7,587.4313,773.853,311,005.90
Trimipramine Maleate3,900.291,967.101,373,059.80

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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if her Department will commission research into whether methylphenidate affects children's growth. [23993]

Jane Kennedy: It is recognised that stimulants such as methylphenidate can affect weight gain and growth in children following long-term use. The product information, for prescribers and patients or carers, and the British National Formulary contain warnings about this risk and advise that the child's weight and height should be regularly checked throughout treatment.

A number of studies have been conducted to investigate this issue and these inform current clinical guidance. It is unlikely that additional studies would impact on the current recommendations for regular monitoring and treatment breaks in children who are not gaining weight or growing as expected.

Midwife-led Birthing Centres

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwife-led birthing centres there are in Westmorland and Lonsdale. [42386]

Mr. Byrne [holding answer 16 January 2006]: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Ministerial Visits

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has plans to visit Coventry, South. [39236]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 December 2005]: The Secretary of State for Health has no current plans to visit Coventry, South.

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what evidence she has received to support the decision that Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy is a valid syndrome. [30110]

Mr. Byrne: We no longer use the term Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy to refer to fabricated or induced illness. However, some adults do fabricate illness in their children, or exaggerate their symptoms, or sometimes even induce the illness, for example by poisoning. At least two mothers have received prison sentences after their children died because of illnesses induced by salt poisoning.
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National Trauma Service

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the Royal College of Surgeons' proposals for a National Trauma Service in a Level 2 hospital with particular reference to proposals for (a) a 24-hour Accident and Emergency department, (b) a consultant-led resuscitate trauma team, (c) Intensive Care Unit and trauma beds and (d) helicopter landing access; and if she will make a statement. [27254]

Mr. Byrne: The Department has not made any recent assessment of the Royal College of Surgeons' and the British Orthopaedic Association's joint proposals for a national trauma service, as set out in their July 2000 publication Better care for the severely injured.

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