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Health Care (Stroud)

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people resident in Stroud were treated at (a) Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, (b) Cheltenham General Hospital, (c) Frenchay Hospital, (d) Southmead Hospital, (e) John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, (f) Stroud Hospital and (g) Berkeley Hospital in each of the last five years, broken down by treatment received. [77828]


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Caroline Flint: Information on the number of patients resident in Stroud is not available in the requested format. However, information on the count of patients residing in West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust area, by site of treatment, has been placed in the Library.

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies were born at Stroud Maternity Hospital in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency of residence of the mother. [77829]

Caroline Flint: The number of registered deliveries at Stroud Maternity Hospital is shown in the table. However, information on the number of babies born at Stroud Maternity Hospital broken down by constituency is not collected.

Number of registered maternity hospital deliveries at Stroud

2004-05

283

2003-04

268

2000-03

246


Health Professions Council

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the current budget of the Health Professions Council (HPC) is; what plans she has to increase this budget; how many people the HPC employs; whether all professions within the HPC have
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equal status; and whether professions incorporated into the HPC in the future will have equal status. [76208]

Andy Burnham: The Health Professions Council is a statutory independent body, which is self-funded through registrants’ fees. All queries pertaining to its budget, employees and the discharge of its statutory functions should be made direct to the Chief Executive, Marc Seale, at the Health Professions Council, Park House, 184 Kennington Park Road, London, SE11 4BU, 020 7582 0866.

Health Trusts (Hampshire)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the financial position (a) is in 2006-07 and (b) was in 2005-06 of each (i) primary care trust and health trust in Hampshire and (ii) each other health trust used by Hampshire residents. [76609]

Caroline Flint: There are no figures yet available for the financial year 2006-07. The table shows provisional outturn positions for the financial year 2005-06 of each trust and primary care trust (PCT) in the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Strategic Health Authority (SHA) region. It is not possible to identify other health trusts used by residents in Hampshire, as any patient can access any acute hospital in an emergency and the introduction of choose and book means that patients also have access to a wide range of health trusts within England.

Trusts and PCTs in Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA region
Provisional outturn 2005-06
SHA name Organisation name Turnover (£000) Under/(over) spend (£000) Under/(over) spend as a percentage of turnover

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Blackwater Valley and Hart PCT

177,876

(8,252)

(4.6)

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

East Hampshire PCT

220,216

459

0.2

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Eastleigh and Test Valley South PCT

153,692

739

0.5

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Fareham and Gosport PCT

206,639

104

0.1

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight PCT

177,772

(6,555)

(3.7)

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Mid-Hampshire PCT

188,843

1,423

0.8

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

New Forest PCT

217,241

358

0.2

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

North Hampshire PCT

195,696

(4,375)

(2.2)

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Portsmouth City Teaching PCT

231,596

634

0.3

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Southampton City PCT

289,057

781

0.3

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Hampshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

35,823

127

0.4

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Hampshire Partnership NHS Trust

133,855

9

0.0

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Healthcare NHS Trust

113,876

9

0.0

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust

117,925

26

0.0

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

357,591

1,096

0.3

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

368,932

(12,927)

(3.5)

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust

120,955

(3,045)

(2.5)


Healthy Living Centres

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what arrangements her Department has made to fund the continuing operation of healthy living centres; [76233]

(2) how many healthy living centres were set up with lottery funding; and when the lottery funding will cease in each case. [76234]

Caroline Flint: The continuing funding arrangements for healthy living centres (HLCs) in England are a
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matter for their local partners, including primary care trusts and local authorities, many of whom do provide resources in cash, or kind, to support them.

In England, 257 grant awards were made by the New Opportunities fund (now the Big Lottery fund) to HLCs. All payments of lottery funding to HLCs will be completed in 2009. I have asked the chief executive of the Big Lottery fund to write to the hon. Member setting out the actual forecast final payment for each HLC.

Hepatitis C

Jeremy Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) financial support and (b) compensation is available to those who have had a hepatitis C infection as a result of a blood transfusion within the NHS but who no longer have the infection. [76550]

Caroline Flint: The Skipton Fund was established in 2004, to administer the ex-gratia payment scheme for people infected with hepatitis C following national health service treatment with blood or blood products. The scheme became operational on 5 July 2004.

People who have cleared the virus as a result of treatment, or who have cleared it spontaneously after a period of chronic infection, are eligible to apply for payment under the hepatitis C ex-gratia payment scheme. People who have cleared the virus spontaneously in the acute phase of the disease are not eligible for payment.

High Voltage Transmission Lines

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what studies she has commissioned into the health effects of living in very close proximity to high voltage transmission lines; and if she will make a statement. [77040]

Caroline Flint: The Department’s radiation protection research programme supports a number of studies investigating the possible health effects of electromagnetic fields (EMF). These range from laboratory work on possible cellular effects to large population studies. A study by Dr. Draper and colleagues of childhood leukaemia incidence and distance from power lines, funded under this programme and published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) last year, has added to a large existing
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body of work in this area (BMJ Vol 330, 4 June 2005). In addition to its own research programme, the Department, along with the Health and Safety Executive, has supported the World Health Organisation’s International EMF Project since it started in 1997.

The Health Protection Agency’s radiation protection division (HPA-RPD) keeps the worldwide research findings on EMF and health under review. In 2004, on the basis of a comprehensive review of the existing body of research to date, the HPA-RPD (previously the national radiological protection board) recommended the adoption of new EMF exposure guidelines in this country. In addition, in view of the scientific uncertainties in relation to power frequency electromagnetic fields, the HPA recommended the Government

They have also noted that the majority of elevated magnetic fields are due to variations in the electricity supply and distribution system, the presence of substations and equipment in the home rather than proximity to high voltage overhead cables.

Practical precautionary measures are now being considered in detail by a stakeholder advisory group (SAGE) that includes the Government Departments, agencies, electricity industry, specialists and public concern groups. Details of the process can be found on the website at: www.rkpartnership.co.uk/sage.

Home Computing Initiative

Peter Luff: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) NHS staff and (b) nurses had received equipment under the Home Computing Initiative since the scheme was introduced. [63840]

Caroline Flint: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Hospital Building Projects (London)

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list the major hospital building projects in London which (a) are under way and (b) have received building permission; and if she will make a statement. [77488]

Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 15 June 2006]: The major hospital building projects (capital value greater than £25 million) which are under way in London are:


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National health service trust Current status Value (£ million)

Private finance initiative schemes

Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

238

Lewisham Hospitals NHS Trust

Under construction

72

Barts and The London NHS Trust

Under construction

1,000

Newham University Hospital NHS Trust

Under construction

55

The Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Under construction

32

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

Under construction

33

North Middlesex University Hospital(1)

At preferred bidder stage proceeding to full business case approval

108

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital(1)

(2)Pre-OJEU

121

Hillingdon Hospital(1)

(2)Pre-OJEU

338

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals(1)

(2)Pre-OJEU

80

North West London Hospitals—Northwick Park(1)

(2)Pre-OJEU

305

Whipps Cross University Hospital

(2)Pre-OJEU

328

Public capital schemes

Oxleas NHS Trust

Under construction

27

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Pre-tender

75

West London Mental Health—Broadmoor

Pre-tender

243

(1) Final capital values are subject to completion of the PR revalidation exercise for each scheme
(2) Advertising in the Official Journal of the European Union

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