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Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the letter from her Department's Director of Access of 26 January 2006, on Choose and Book, which NHS trusts are unable to implement an integrated patient administration systems solution; for what reasons these Trusts are unable to do so; and if she will make a statement. 
For valid technical or commercial reasons, a small number of national health service trusts are currently not expected to be able to achieve a fully compliant integrated solution during 2006. Details are shown in the table.
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|Gateshead Health NHS Trust|
|Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust||Current PAS supplier has no plans to make a compliant system|
|Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust|
|Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust|
|Clatterbridge Center for Oncology NHS Trust||As a specialist hospital receiving mostly tertiary referrals, no plans to move to|
a compliant PAS
|Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust|
|Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital|
|Chelsea and Westminster Healthcare NHS Trust||Current PAS cannot be made compliant but plan indicates that the local|
|Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust||service provider's PAS will be available for Choose and Book in March 2007|
|Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Trust|
|Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases||Very low volume booking so business case for moving to integrated PAS is not|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons her Department's aims of achieving 90 per cent. of general practitioner referrals through Choose and Book by the end of December 2006 have been postponed to March 2007. 
Mr. Byrne: The end point of March 2007 for getting to 90 per cent. of referrals made through choose and book aligns the objective with the incentives contained within the 200607 general practitioner contract, the negotiations for which were recently concluded between NHS Employers and the British Medical Association.
Mr. Byrne: The Department is taking a number of steps to encourage greater uptake by general practitioners (GPs) of the choose and book service. A key step is the newly agreed general medical services contract, which will reward general practices, through a directed enhanced service payment, for utilisation of the choose and book service.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total cost to her Department of consultancy fees in relation to (a) restructuring and (b) private finance initiatives has been since 1997. 
The Department does not collect information that would allow for an analysis of the consultants engaged in restructuring and could not obtain this information without incurring disproportionate costs.
|2005 to date||47,856|
Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 20 April 2006]: Information on the number of dentists who have declined to provide national health service dental services from 1 April 2006 is not yet available centrally.
Provisional management estimates on the number of accepted and rejected contracts are available centrally. These show that, as at the start of April in North Dorset Primary Care Trust (PCT), 14 contracts had been accepted and three contracts had been rejected.
The contract numbers do not read across to numbers of individual dentists who may have agreed or rejected contracts. Contracts can be at practice or individual dentist level. Typically, many of the accepted contracts are with practices covering a number of dentists, whereas rejected contracts are more likely to be for individual practitioners.
In North Dorset PCT, the rejected contracts represent an estimated 7.1 per cent. of the total NHS services represented by all the contracts offered by this PCT, based on weighted courses of treatment or units of dental activity.
PCTs are using the funding associated with rejected contracts to commission additional services from other dentists. The information available centrally does not include any services commissioned since the information given above was collected at the start of April.
Mr. Byrne: Figures are not yet available at a primary care trust level. 198 national health service dental contracts have been signed in the South Yorkshire strategic health authority (SHA) area, and six contracts have been rejected. The signed contracts account for 99 per cent. of NHS dental service in the SHA.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on external consultants and advisers by (a) her Department, (b) each (i) non-departmental public body and (ii) executive agency for which her Department is responsible and (c) each independent statutory body, organisation and body financially sponsored by her Department in each year since May 1997. 
|200506 to date||(41)4,658|
The Department holds no central record of spend on external consultancy services by non-departmental public bodies, executive agencies, independent statutory bodies or organisations financially sponsored by the Department. The annual accounts for these organisations may include expenditure on consultants; copies of accounts can be obtained from individual organisations.
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to the West Lancashire constituency, the effects in West Lancashire of changes to her Department's policies since 1997. 
Mr. Byrne: The Government have put in place a programme of national health service investment and reform since 1997 to improve service delivery in all parts of the United Kingdom. There is significant evidence that these policies have yielded considerable benefits for the West Lancashire constituency.
At the end of February 2006, the number of people waiting more than six to eight months for in-patient treatment within West Lancashire Primary Care Trust (PCT) had fallen to zero from 530 in June 2002;
Figures for December 2005 show that all patients within West Lancashire PCT are able to be offered an appointment with a primary care professional within two working days, an improvement from 64.7 per cent. in June 2002;
In June 2003, at Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust 92.9 per cent. of patients spent less than four hours in accident and emergency (A&E) from arrival to admission, transfer or discharge. Figures for December 2005 show an improvement to 99.4 per cent.;
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