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Foundation Trusts

Dr. Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) role and (b) function local authority nominees have on the board of Foundation Trusts. [54895]

Mr. Byrne: The role and function of the board of governors of a national health service foundation trust (NHS FTs), which includes local authority nominees, is to represent the interests of NHS FTs members in the local health economy. Their functions are set out in each NHS FTs constitution and tend to include:

FRANK Campaign

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent by her Department on campaigns to raise awareness of the health effects of (a) illegal drugs, (b) tobacco and (c) alcohol in each year since 1997. [47576]

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Caroline Flint: The FRANK campaign was launched in May 2003, which is a campaign administered jointly by the Department and the Home Office, and provides young people and their families with information and advice about drugs, including health effects. It is funded by the Home Office and the Department. Joint spending on media and advertising on FRANK is shown in table 1.
Table 1: Spending on media and advertising

£ million
(27) Planned

Costs for FRANK literature publishing, storage and distribution are shown in table 2.
Table 2: Spending on literature, publishing storage and distribution


(27)Estimated to end of March 2006

The figures shown in the table above relate to production, storage and distribution of FRANK public-facing literature and collateral. The Home Office funds production of all publications aimed at stakeholders. In addition, the Department funds the FRANK helpline and website.

The Health Education Authority ran the public education campaign on the dangers of smoking prior to 1999–2000. The tobacco control campaign run by the Department was launched in December 1999.

Table 3 shows advertising expenditure on the dangers of smoking from 1999–2000 to date.
Table 3: Advertising expenditure

Financial yearTobacco control (£ million)

There have been no advertising campaigns by the Department specifically on the dangers of excessive drinking in the last eight years.

The Department has funded the production of a number of booklets or leaflets advising the public on sensible drinking. Expenditure for these is shown in table 4.
Table 4: Expenditure on booklets or leaflets

Amount (£)

(28)So far

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Additionally the Department funds the Drinkline helpline and a dedicated website.

General Practitioners

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner practices have only one general practitioner in (a) West Lancashire and (b) Lancashire. [58471]

Mr. Byrne: The information requested is shown in the table.
General practitioner (GP) practices(29) for Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority, as at 30 September 2004

All GP practicesof which: single-handed
Q13Cumbria and Lancashire356107
Blackburn with Darwen
Primary Care Trust (PCT)3312
Blackpool PCT256
Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale PCT4212
Carlisle and District PCT217
Chorley and South Ribble PCT378
Eden Valley PCT144
Fylde PCT101
Hyndburn and Ribble Valley PCT2412
Morecambe Bay PCT5615
Preston PCT3015
West Cumbria PCT211
West Lancashire PCT259
Wyre PCT185

(29)Figures relate to practitioners, excluding GP registrars and GP retainers, who are single-handed, that is had no partners although their practice may have a GP registrar or GP retainer. This figure cannot be replicated for earlier years.
General and Personal Medical Services Statistics NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many general practitioner practices serving the West Lancashire constituency have lists which are open but full. [58579]

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

Genito-urinary Medicine

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the number of people who were unable to obtain an appointment at a genito-urinary medicine clinic on the day they attended the clinic in the last 12 months. [59485]

Caroline Flint: The genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic waiting times audit collects data on waiting times for all GUM clinics in England for a period of one week every quarter. All patients attending a GUM clinic with a new episode or registering for the first time are asked to complete the short questionnaire on waiting times. This audit has been chosen as the method of monitoring and improving access to GUM services. Current analysis is published on numbers seen within 48 hours. The most recent survey is for November 2005 which shows that 49 per cent. of attendees were seen within 48 hours and a further four per cent. of attendees were offered an appointment within 48 hours but did not attend.
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A summary of the data is available on the Health Protection Agency's website at:

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 January 2006, Official Report, column 1665W. on genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics, what percentage of attenders at genito-urinary medicine clinics were not given an appointment within two weeks in the November 2005 audit of GUM clinic waiting times by the Health Protection Agency. [57443]

Caroline Flint: The most recent audit of waiting times for genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics for which data are available was carried out in November 2005. This audit showed that 21 per cent. of attendees at GUM clinics were not seen within two weeks. However, some of these patients were offered an earlier appointment but could not attend.

A summary of the November data is available on the Health Protection Agency's website at:

Overall, the number of attendees at GUM clinics seen within 48 hours in England increased from 45 per cent. in May 2005 to 49 per cent. in November 2005.

Greater Manchester PCTs

Andrew Gwynne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the budget surplus or deficit was in each (a) primary care trust, (b) acute services trust and (c) foundation hospital trust in the county of Greater Manchester in each year since 2000. [57832]

Mr. Byrne: The final position of all primary care trusts, national health service trusts and strategic health authorities up to 2004–05 is available in the Library. The 2005–06 forecast position at month six of 2005–06 for all NHS organisations has also been published and is available on the Department's website at:

The financial position for NHS foundation trusts (NHSFTs) is not included. Monitor has responsibility for overseeing the financial performance of NHSFTs.

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