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Translink

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. [73204]

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.

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much each education and library board area in Northern Ireland paid to Translink in each of the last five years. [74320]

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:

£
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05

Belfast Board

827,000

845,000

866,000

North-Eastern Board

7,373,000

7,620,000

8,373,000

South-eastern Board

6,419,000

5,918,000

6,931,000

Southern Board

5,135,000

5,446,000

5,966,000

Western Board

3,731,000

3,731,000

4,341,000

Total

23,485,000

23,560,000

26,477,000


Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of Translink income in each of the last five years was obtained from education and library boards. [74321]

David Cairns: The percentage of Translink income in each of the last five years obtained from education and library boards was:

Percentage

2000-01

22.0

2001-02

21.0

2002-03

21.2

2003-04

20.5

2004-05

21.1


Treatment Compensation

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. [74215]

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.

Board area Amount (£)

Eastern Health and Social Services Board

3,133,043

Northern Health and Social Services Board

1,095,786

Southern Health and Social Services Board

424,459

Western Health and Social Services Board

1,648,430


Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints against
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(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. [74216]

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.

£
Trust 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Royal Group of Hospitals and Dental Hospital

2,248,603

733,404

475,500

Belfast City Hospital

593,229

548,435

327,250

Ulster Community and Hospitals

709,542

229,083

427,250

Down Lisburn

502,850

493,610

1,651,654

Southand East Belfast

666,667

0

65,000

North and West Belfast

45,489

0

22,716

Mater Infirmorum

179,036

61,280

93,062

Green Park

112,032

36,884

70,611

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

0

0

0

Causeway

0

1,027,781

363,767

Homefirst Community

0

0

7,315

United Hospitals

2,123

625,142

724,705

Armagh and Dungannon

144,349

132,026

45,215

Newry and Mourne

205,000

36,499

103,500

Craigavon and Banbridge

0

0

71,000

Craigavon Area Hospital Group

645,146

2,636,041

204,744

Foyle

5,000

10,000

0

Sperrin Lakeland

56,761

124,272

1,176,623

Altnagelvin

0

0

471,807


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. [74217]

Paul Goggins: The information is not available in the format requested, however, the total number of complaints by trust area in a three-year period is as follows:


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HSS Trust 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05

Belfast City Hospital

110

195

153

Down Lisburn

289

282

299

Green Park Healthcare

132

144

203

Mater Infirmorum

136

92

98

North and West Belfast

150

110

143

Royal Group

490

415

623

South and East Belfast

270

284

252

Ulster Community and Hospitals

360

382

294

Causeway

506

455

456

Homefirst Community

185

286

327

United Hospitals

262

275

310

Armagh and Dungannon

85

77

69

Craigavon and Banbridge Community

82

90

128

Craigavon Area Hospital Group

193

168

220

Newry and Mourne

112

141

150

Altnagelvin Hospitals

200

229

213

Foyle

55

78

71

Sperrin Lakeland

96

54

64

Northern Ireland Ambulance Service

157

181

144

Northern Ireland Total

3,870

3,938

4,217


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