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Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the spending per head on GP prescribed (a) tranquilisers and (b) anti-depressants in (i) England and (ii) each primary care trust area of England was in each of the last three years. [106005]

Andy Burnham: The net ingredient cost (NIC) per person for each of the last three years, for England, is shown in the table:

Hypnotics and anxiolytics (tranquilisers) Antidepressant drugs










Information on the NIC per person for each primary care trust has been placed in the Library.

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All data are taken from the prescribing and analysis cost tool (PACT) and use 2004 population estimates, base year 2001.


Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many X-ray facilities for tuberculosis screening (a) there are and (b) are planned at ports and airports other than Heathrow and Gatwick. [104382]

Caroline Flint: In England, X-ray equipment for use in medical examination of people referred under immigration Acts is provided at Heathrow and Gatwick airports. There are X-ray units at Gatwick north terminal, and Heathrow terminals two, three and four. Operational decisions regarding X-ray facilities at ports of entry are the responsibility of the Health Protection Agency.

West Suffolk Hospital

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated journey time is from West Suffolk Hospital to (a) Ipswich Hospital, (b) Addenbrooke’s Hospital, (c) Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and (d) Colchester General Hospital. [101343]

Andy Burnham: The Department has not set any requirements nationally on travel times to or between hospitals.

Whipps Cross Hospital

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the likely implications are for Whipps Cross hospital of the decision to invest in Barts hospital; and if she will make a statement. [103593]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This is a matter for the local national health service. NHS London has advised the Department that there are no direct implications for Whipps Cross University Hospitals NHS Trust of the decision to invest in the Barts and the London Hospitals NHS Trust.

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