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(2) what the estimated level of public expenditure is for (a) Sandwell and West Birmingham Acute and (b) Sandwell Primary Care NHS Trusts' 2010 project over the next three financial years; [66503]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The NHS Bank has allocated a total of £10 million to support the costs of taking the Towards 2010 programme up to the preparation of a full business case in 2008-09. Of this sum, £2 million was drawn down during 2005-06. The estimated draw down of the remaining funding is shown in the table.

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The bulk of the non-pay expenditure will be required to meet the cost of securing specialist advice and expertise in areas such as town planning, building design, private finance initiative procurement and financial modelling.


Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what role her Department has played in the six month trial at St. George's psychiatric hospital in Stafford into ways of treating people who self-harm; and if she will make a statement. [62270]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The pilot being undertaken by South Staffordshire Healthcare National Health Service Trust is part of a joint Department and National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) exercise, which started in January 2006 and is expected to run until autumn.

The Department and NIMHE are jointly exploring the management of self-injury, focusing on adult service users, predominantly female, who self-injure as a coping mechanism, or survival strategy. The Department/NIMHE exercise will ascertain the level of local and regional
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support and the evidence base for adopting a harm-reduction approach. In addition, the exercise will judge the appropriateness, with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, of developing guidelines and training to facilitate a harm minimisation approach amongst service providers.

Sexual Health

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funds were allocated to the (a) Greater Derbyshire and (b) Central Derby Primary Care Trust for the treatment of sexually transmitted infections in each financial year between 2000-01 and 2005-06. [67631]

Caroline Flint: Primary care trusts (PCTs) commission services with the funds allocated to them to meet the needs of their populations. This includes the commissioning of sexual health services. Funding for PCTs to meet these commitments such as those in the White Paper “Choosing Health” formed part of their overall allocations.

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Paul Farrelly: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated loss of income to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire is from work contracted out to independent sector treatment and diagnostic centres in the year ending 31 March 2006. [62912]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This is a matter for the local health community.

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Venous Thromboembolism

John Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the expert panel on venous thromboembolism to report its findings on implementing the Health Select Committee's recommendations on the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients. [69282]

Caroline Flint: In their terms of reference the independent expert working group on the prevention of venous thromboembolism in hospitalised patients were asked to submit their report and recommendations to the Chief Medical Officer by July 2006 and earlier if possible.

Waiting Lists/Times

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between referral and treatment for NHS cancer patients in (a) England, (b) Somerset and (c) Taunton constituency in the latest period for which figures are available. [64310]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Average waiting times for the treatment of cancer patients are not collected centrally. A cancer waiting times standard of a maximum wait of 31 days from diagnosis to first cancer treatment was introduced for all cancer patients from December 2005. Data showing progress towards this standard for the period October to December 2005 show that in England 96.8 per cent. of all cancer patients were treated within this standard and 98.9 per cent. in the Taunton and Somerset National Health Service Trust.

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