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Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent research has been commissioned by her Department on the treatment and diagnosis of mesothelioma. [59002]

Jane Kennedy: None directly, but the Department is funding the national cancer research network, which is providing national health service infrastructure support for five mesothelioma studies funded by its research partners. Details of these studies can be found on the network's website at

Over 75 per cent. of the Department's expenditure on health research is devolved to and managed by NHS organisations. Details of individual projects, including a number concerned with the treatment and care of people with mesothelioma, can be found on the national research register at


Graham Stringer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients have been treated in accident and emergency departments for injuries resulting from accidents involving unregistered mini-motorcycles in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) the North West and (c) England in the last two years. [57386]

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

National Programme for Information Technology

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire (Mr Lansley) of 13 February 2006, Official Report, column 1779W, on the National Programme for Information Technology, if she will
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break down the deployment by (a) hardware and (b) software; and what the age of the software was in each case. [57421]

Mr. Byrne: The national programme has delivered new systems to thousands of locations in the national health service. The extent of deployment of the programme's many software suppliers' systems across the five regional cluster areas, as at the end of January 2006, is available in the Library. The breakdown of information requested could therefore be provided only at disproportionate cost. Most application software has been developed, or substantially refreshed, since 2004 .

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what programmes are running as part of the National Programme for IT; and how responsibility for each programme is divided between her Department, strategic health authorities and NHS trusts. [57517]

Mr. Byrne: The following products and services are being delivered through the National Programme for information technology (IT):

NHS Connecting for Health is the agency within the Department whose prime role is to procure and deliver the various strands of the programme, and to link these with relevant improvements in clinical processes and care services. Many millions of patients have already received improved and safer care as a result of the huge number of systems and services already made available through national programme developments.

Strategic health authorities are responsible for co-ordinating local IT investment and modernisation activities to deliver benefits from all of the national programme products and services to patients, staff and the national health service. SHAs and local NHS organisations, together with their NHS Connecting for Health local cluster teams, develop local implementation plans.

Trusts manage and deliver implementation within their organisations. They are responsible for designing and refining local procedures, communicating with the people involved and managing the overall change process. Local responsibility also includes clinical engagement and awareness, project resourcing, cleansing and preparing historical data for loading onto the new systems, training, and monitoring and reporting on the realisation of benefits. SHAs assist and support this process, for example by providing or coordinating SHA-wide specialist resources.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much her Department has spent directly on the NHS IT programme; how much has been paid to consultants in relation to the project; and how much consultants have claimed in expenses. [57519]

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Mr. Byrne: The total programme and running cost expenditure by and on behalf of the Department on the national programme for informational technology in the national health service, from its inception in 2002 to 31 January 2006, was £1,024.319 million. £11.754 million (1.15 per cent.) of this total represents payments made to consultants. Accounting information does not record consultancy expenses separately from other consultancy costs, and the information requested could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 31 January 2006, Official Report, column 469W, on the NHS IT programme, how the contracts with (a) iSoft and (b) System C Healthcare fit into the programme. [57500]

Mr. Byrne: iSoft is a subcontractor of Accenture, the local service provider (LSP) for the national programme for information technology's North East and Eastern regional clusters. iSoft is also a subcontractor in the CSC Alliance, the LSP for the North West and West Midlands cluster. iSoft is the main supplier of clinical software for these clusters.

System C Healthcare is a subcontractor of both Accenture and the CSC Alliance, and provides expertise on the installation and implementation of patient record systems at national health service trusts.

NHS Staff

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) nurses and (b) consultants, broken down by specialism, were recruited from abroad in each (i)strategic health authority, (ii) Government office region and (iii) Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the last 12 months for which data is available; and what percentage of the total employed in each category these figures represent; [58458]

(2) how much was spent on recruiting (a) nurses and (b) consultants from abroad, broken down by specialism, in each (i) strategic health authority, (ii)Government office region and (iii) the Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the last 12 months for which data is available; and what percentage of the total employed in each category these figures represent. [58459]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not collected centrally.

NHS Spending

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much the NHS spent per head of the population in (a) England, (b) London and (c) Hertfordshire in 2004–05. [52255]

Mr. Byrne: The net operating expenditure on health per person in strategic health authority areas and England, for 2004–05, is shown in the following table.

It is not possible to give figures for Hertfordshire, but the table provides information for the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority area. London is that area covered by the five London strategic health authorities.
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Strategic health authority areas 2004–05Expenditure (£000)PopulationExpenditure
per head (£)
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority1,747,8761,649,6151,059.57

Expenditure is taken as the revenue resource limits of the strategic health authorities and primary care trusts within the strategic health authority areas.
Expenditure on general dental services and pharmaceutical services accounted for by the Dental Practice Board and Prescription Pricing Authority, respectively, are excluded. This expenditure cannot be included within the figures for the individual health bodies as they are not included in commissioner accounts.
Audited strategic health authority summarisation forms 2004–05
Audited primary care trust summarisation schedules 2004–05
2003 based 2004 Office for National Statistics projections

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