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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consideration is given when changes to bus routes are being undertaken by Translink to the effects on disabled passengers who may have to cross busy thoroughfares to board buses. 
David Cairns: Translink has advised that, in line with passenger demand, minor route changes regularly occur. Recently more substantial alterations have been made to some Goldline service routes, specifically those operating between Coleraine, Larne, Ballymena and Belfast. Also, Coleraine itself has recently seen a major reorganisation of services in the Coleraine/Portrush/Portstewart areas. Following the introduction of the new Metro network in February 2005, Translink is now developing Metro Phase 2, which will extend Metro-type services to areas outside Greater Belfast.
In considering requests in relation to bus operational issues, particularly with regard to bus stops, Translink examines the individual locations in conjunction with other relevant authorities, ie Roads Service and the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).
Roads Service, in conjunction with the PSNI, provides advice on road safety matters pertaining to the location of bus stops as and when requested. Where a demand to cross a particular road has been highlighted, Roads Service may carry out an assessment to ascertain whether the location may qualify for a pedestrian crossing. The assessment procedure takes into account the demand to cross the road, together with the difficulty crossing the road. Vulnerable road users are given extra weighting in the assessment. Pedestrian refuges may be provided at sites that do not qualify for a pedestrian crossing facility.
Maria Eagle: The information requested is not immediately available for the period prior to the 2002-03 financial years. However, education and library boards paid the following amounts to Translink in each of the last three financial years:
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much compensation was paid out in the 2005-06 financial year to complainants against their treatment at hospitals in each board area. 
Paul Goggins: The following table shows the amounts paid out in 2005-06 in each board area in respect of clinical negligence claims. In some instances the figures include additional costs such as legal fees.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints against
(a) nurses, (b) general practitioners and (c) consultants were upheld and in each of the last three years in each trust area; and what compensation was paid to complainants in each case. 
Paul Goggins: The information is not available in the form requested. The following table shows amounts of compensation paid in respect of clinical negligence in the last three years in each trust area, including additional costs such as legal fees.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were recorded against (a) nursing staff, (b) general practitioners and (c) consultants in a three-year period in each trust area. 
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