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Health Budget (Hampshire)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the projected budgetary outturn for 2006–07 is for each (a) primary care trust and (b) trust in Hampshire; what the year end date is in each case; and if she will make a statement. [59063]

Caroline Flint: The financial plans for 2006–07 have not yet been agreed.

Health Provision (Sittingbourne)

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions her Department has had with Swale Primary Care Trust on (a) the Local Plan with respect to the proposed increase in housing numbers and (b) the future development of the Chestnuts Surgery in Sittingbourne. [60532]


 
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Caroline Flint: The Department has had no recent discussions with Swale Primary Care Trust on either the local plan with respect to the proposed increase in housing numbers or the future development of the Chestnuts Surgery in Sittingbourne. It is for local trusts, in partnership with their health community, to decide on local delivery and planning of services.

Hepatitis C

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent assessment she has made of the health of patients who contracted hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s from infected blood. [55742]

Caroline Flint: A study from the Royal Free Hospital published in 2000 1 reported on the natural history of hepatitis C in a cohort of around 300 patients with haemophilia infected between 1961 and 1985.

In April 1995, a lookback exercise was undertaken to identify and trace patients who had received blood before September 1991 (when routine screening of blood donations was introduced) from donors subsequently shown to be positive for hepatitis C. The majority of patients, who were identified from the lookback exercise, form the basis of the National Hepatitis C Register. This includes a record of patients with a known date of acquisition. The National Hepatitis C Register is held by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and funded by the Department. Clinicians are asked to provide follow-up data anonymously for registered patients every two to three years, and the HPA has produced papers on the cohort 2 3 . This study is on-going. Details of the register are available on the HPA website at www.hpa.org.uk/infections/topics_az/hepatitis_c/menu2.htm.

1 Yee TT, Griffioen A., Sabin C.A. et al. The natural history of HCV in a cohort of haemophilia patients infected between 1961 and 1985. Gut 2000; 47: 845–851. 2 Harris H.E., Ramsay R.E., Andrews N. et al. Clinical course of hepatitis C virus during the first decade of infection: cohort study. BMJ 2002; 324: 450–3. 3 Harris H.E., Ramsay M.E., Andrews N.J. Survival of a national cohort of hepatitis C virus infected patients, 16 years after exposure. Epidemiol Infect—in press. [E-pub ahead of print 28 October 2005.]

Home Oxygen Therapy

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 170W, on home oxygen therapy, what assessment she has made of the feasibility of using pharmacists in West Lancashire to supply additional equipment to home oxygen users. [58513]

Mr. Byrne: Pharmacy businesses, like others, were free to submit tenders for the new service contract in the competitive tendering exercise conducted in 2004. No pharmacy business submitted a bid to deliver this service in the north-west region.

Influenza

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire and the right hon. Member for Warley (Mr. Spellar) of 31 January 2006, Official Report,
 
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column 464W, on influenza, when the closing date for tenders was; and whether final tenders have been issued. [51860]

Caroline Flint: The formal tendering process for pandemic influenza vaccine began in October last year and must be conducted in compliance with the European Union directive on public procurement. This includes a statutory minimum period of 77 days from when the advertisement is placed in the Official Journal of the European Union to when contracts can be awarded.

The return date for the tenders is Tuesday 21 March, which represents an extension of two weeks to the original date. Manufacturers requested this extension due to the volume of work required to complete the tender documents.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will undertake research to estimate the number of people in each priority group for influenza vaccination in each local authority in England. [51216]

Caroline Flint: Uptake data are collected by primary care trusts on those in the following clinical risk categories:

These uptake data will be published once final data has been collated.

Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of old age pensioners received an NHS influenza injection in each year since 1997. [52530]

Caroline Flint: The information will be published shortly.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of (a) those aged 65 and over and (b) those aged over six months suffering from (i) chronic respiratory disease, (ii) chronic heart disease, (iii) chronic renal disease, (iv) chronic liver disease, (v) diabetes and (vi) who are immunosuppressed she estimates have been immunised against winter influenza in 2005. [32073]

Caroline Flint: The data will be published in the Winter Report which is due to be published before the end of March 2006.

Joint Committee on Vaccines

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many meetings of the Joint Committee on Vaccines are planned in 2006; and what vaccines are to be assessed. [59603]

Caroline Flint: The joint committee on vaccination and immunisation has three meetings scheduled for 2006. The first meeting took place on 15 February 2006, further meetings are planned for June and October 2006.
 
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At the February meeting, the following vaccines were discussed: seasonal and pandemic flu vaccines, pertussis vaccines, Hib vaccines, polio, human papillomavirus vaccine, hepatitis b vaccines and pneumococcal vaccine. A paper on rotavirus vaccine was also presented to the committee. The agenda for the other two meetings of the committee have yet to be confirmed.

King Edward VII Hospital

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the value of NHS-funded activity carried out at King Edward VII hospital over the last five years. [59077]

Caroline Flint: The information requested for national health service-funded activity is not collected centrally. However, Capio Healthcare has used the King Edward VII hospital to provide 497 procedures to date as part of the activity delivered to the Southampton area through the independent sector treatment centre programme. The price of these procedures is commercial in confidence.

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what average price primary care trusts paid for the five most common procedures funded by the NHS and carried out at the King Edward VII hospital in the last year for which figures are available; and what the equivalent NHS tariff price for each procedure was in each case. [59078]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is not collected centrally. The prices of the procedures undertaken with regard to the independent sector treatment care programme are commercial in confidence.

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which hospitals contracts for NHS work at King Edward VII hospital will be transferred (a) in the case of patients booked in for treatment and (b) in terms of the average annual case load; and what support her Department will provide to the relevant primary care trust in transferring patients previously booked for appointments at King Edward VII hospital. [59079]

Caroline Flint: Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority advises that patients already booked in for treatment will be treated in line with national standard waiting times. The local national health service believes that although the closure is unexpected, there are sufficiently strong partnerships in place to manage the transition.

Contracts for NHS work at King Edward VII hospital will be transferred to the following NHS trusts:

West Sussex

Royal West Sussex NHS Trust, Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Western Sussex PCT

Surrey

Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust and Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Hampshire

Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Brompton NHS Trust, St. Georges Hospital NHS Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust.
 
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NHS patients who would have received their treatment at the King Edward VII facility under the wave one Independent Sector Treatment Centre programme, will now receive their treatment at the Capio New Hall facility or at Capio's hospital in Reading if they require spinal surgery.


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