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Royal Sussex County Hospital

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting times are to see a cardiology consultant at the Royal Sussex county hospital in Brighton. [93337]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is only available at trust level. The information in the following table details hospital waiting times for first out-patient attendance for the cardiology specialty at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. The information is based on patients not yet seen at the end of the quarter ending 30 June 2006 who have been waiting after a general practitioner referral.


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Waiting times in weeks Cardiology

Not Seen

0 to <1

60

1 to <2

72

2 to <3

63

3 to <4

66

4 to <5

42

5 to <6

48

6 to <7

40

7 to <8

51

8 to <9

31

9 to <10

21

10 to <11

29

11 to <12

3

12 to <13

5

13 to <14

0

14 to <15

0

15 to <16

0

16 to <17

0

17+

0

Source: Department of Health QM08.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average time that patients waited to be treated in the accident and emergency department of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton was in the most recent period for which figures are available. [93353]

Andy Burnham: The Department does not collect data at individual hospital level. For quarter one 2006-07, 97.8 per cent. of patients that attended all types of accident and emergency department at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals National Health Service Trust were admitted, transferred or discharged in under four hours.

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the waiting time is to see an (a) paediatric and (b) dermatology consultant at the Royal Sussex county hospital in Brighton. [93354]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is only available at trust level. The information in the table details the hospital waiting times for first out-patient attendance for paediatrics specialties and dermatology specialty at the Brighton and Sussex University hospitals national health service trust for 2004-05. This information is based on patients not yet seen at the end of the quarter ending 30 June 2006 who have been waiting after a general practitioner referral.

Waiting times in weeks Paediatric dentistry Paediatric surgery Paediatrics Dermatology

Not seen

0 to <1

1

28

34

147

1 to <2

0

23

34

201

2 to <3

2

5

34

156

3 to <4

0

7

23

98

4 to <5

0

2

16

71

5 to <6

0

0

24

74

6 to <7

0

2

20

51

7 to <8

0

2

29

49

8 to <9

0

2

11

29

9 to <10

0

1

20

13

10 to <11

0

0

4

8

11 to <12

0

1

3

1

12 to <13

0

0

0

2

13 to <14

0

0

0

0

14 to <15

0

0

0

0

15 to <16

0

0

0

0

16 to <17

0

0

0

0

17+

0

0

0

0

Source: Department of Health QM08

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Scanners

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) magnetic resonance imaging and (b) computerised axial tomography scanners were purchased in each of the last 30 years. [93937]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Historically, the Department has not retained details of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerised axiel tomography (CT) scanners.

At the end of 1999 data collection commenced for MRI scanners (to aid the new opportunities fund cancer programme), and in 2000 for CT scanners (to aid the capital investment programme).

The total installed base to date for the national health service in England is 372 CT and 284 MRI. This reflects data from 1997 onwards. The figures include replacement and additional equipment.

MRI CT

1997

4

16

1998

24

20

1999

19

34

2000

18

28

2001

36

77

2002

22

61

2003

28

42

2004

40

38

2005

53

41

2006

36

10

Total

280

367


The remaining scanners installed before 1997 are currently being replaced, (four MRI and five CT).

The Department has commissioned work with the health protection agency (HPA) to identify and compile a national equipment and utilisation database. This project is expected to report in spring 2007.

Smoke Free Premises and Vehicles

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the publication of the consultation paper on Smoke-Free Premises and Vehicles, whether local authorities will be compensated under the New Burdens Principle for increased litter removal costs. [94667]

Caroline Flint: The smoke-free provisions within the Health Act 2006 will see virtually all enclosed public places and workplaces become smoke-free. In the ‘Choosing Health’ White Paper, the Government committed to the New Burdens Doctrine to fund local authorities for work in support of the implementation of initiatives within the White Paper, including the enforcement of smoke-free legislation.

The Department is currently in discussions with the Local Government Association on funding for local authorities to enforce smoke-free legislation. The Department does not intend to stipulate exactly how local authorities should use funding that will be provided.


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South East Coast SHA

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecast she has made of the out-turn against planned expenditure of the NHS South East Coast strategic health authority at the end of financial year 2006-07. [93276]

Andy Burnham: National health service organisations have a statutory duty to deliver a balanced budget and the responsibility for ensuring that this happens rests with NHS South East Coast. The 2006-07 quarter 1 forecast out-turn position for the total SHA economy for the NHS South East Coast shows a deficit of £94 million.

Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the most common reason for (a) out-patient and (b) in-patient admissions to Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport was in each of the last three years. [94101]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available in the format requested. Information for the Stockport national health service foundation trust relating to the most common cause of in-patient admissions for the three most recent years where figures are available has been set out as follows:

Unfortunately, data relating to out-patient admissions are not available in a sufficiently robust form.


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