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Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total value is of the projects initiated by the NHS local improvement finance trust in (a) the North East, (b) Tyne and Wear, (c) South Tyneside and (d) Jarrow constituency in each year since its inception. 
|(a) the North East|
|(b) Tyne and WearNorth and North Tyneside LIFT|
The monetary value for these projects only includes those projects that have reached financial close, as figures are not held centrally for projects that are at an earlier stage of development.
Information on vacancies that had lasted for more than three months and that trusts had been actively trying to fill is available since 1999 and can be found on The Information Centre for health and social cares website at:
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the cost to the NHS of abortive costs relating to (a) abandoned and (b) scaled down projects since 2004. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: All national health service trusts and the Department must report all abortive costs over £250,000 in value incurred in abandoned or scaled down projects in their annual report and accounts which are available locally.
Mr. Cameron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost has been of the recent reorganisations of public involvement bodies in the NHS; and what assessment she has made of the effects of those reorganisations. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: According to the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health (CPPIH) the cost of aligning PPI forums to the recently changed PCT boundaries was £44,000. No assessment has been made of the effects of these changes.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Funding is allocated to primary care trusts (PCTs) on the basis of the relative needs of their populations. A weighted capitation formula is used to determine PCTs target shares of available resources, to enable them to commission similar levels of health services for populations in similar need.
Under payment by results, PCTs pay national health service trusts and foundation trusts (FTs) for the number and complexity of patients treated on the basis of a national tariff. Therefore, where activity is transferred to a private provider from an NHS trust or FT, money will follow the patient and the PCT is able to fund its payment to the private provider with the money saved on its contract with the NHS trust or FT.
The market forces factor (MFF) is not directly relevant to the independent sector price, although when considering tenders by the independent sector, geographical cost variations (as given by the MFF) are used by the Department in its assessment of value for money.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) full-time equivalent and (b) headcount (i) health visitors, (ii) district nurses and (iii) midwives were employed by the NHS in each year since 1997; and what steps she is taking to increase the number employed by the NHS in each category. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The requested information is shown in the following table. This table does not include all nurses working in primary and community care settings, which have increased by 28,50436.9 per cent.since 1997 and by 3,3893.3 per cent.in 2004-05. Some of these other nurses will be working with district nurses and health visitors.
|NHS hospital and community health services: qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff by each specified area of work|
Full-time equivalent figures are rounded to the nearest whole number.
The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census
Work force planning is the responsibility of local NHS employers and strategic health authorities, who need to ensure that there are sufficient numbers of midwives, health visitors and district nurses to meet local service needs.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many health authorities are piloting gowns or veils modelled on (a) the hijab, (b) the niqab, (c) the shalwar kameez, (d) the jilbab, (e) the chador and (f) the burka; and if she will make a statement. 
To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent by (a) West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust and (b) Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust on salaries and wages for (i) general and senior managers, (ii) nurses and midwives and (iii) administrative and
clerical staff in each of the last five financial years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information is not held in the format requested. However, the tables show staff cost expenditure. This includes employers national insurance contributions, employers pension contributions and other pension costs.
|West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust|
|Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust|
Annual financial returns for NHS trusts
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