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Departmental Statistics

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which statistics have been put forward by her Department for consideration to become new national statistics in each of the last five years; and how many statistics sets her Department has produced in total in each of the last five years. [101649]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The current list of National Statistics produced by both the Department and by The Information Centre for health and social care can be found on the National Statistics website at:

A list of changes to the scope of National Statistics additions and withdrawals in each of the last five years can be found in the relevant National Statistics annual report available on the National Statistics website at:

In addition to National Statistics, both the Department and The Information Centre for health and social care publish a wide range of other numerical information in a variety of forms including other data produced from management and administration sources and in research reports. There is no consistent
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definition of the term statistics sets and no centrally held information on the total published in each year on this basis.

Dr. David Southall

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many babies in the care of the NHS have required resuscitation as a result of non-therapeutic interventional research managed by Dr David Southall. [102446]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: This information is not collected centrally.

Drug Abuse

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the estimated cost was of drug counselling and drugs support services in each year since 2002. [106921]

Caroline Flint: The pooled treatment budget (PTB) is allocated to drug action teams for the treatment of substance misuse. We are unable to identify how much of this money is allocated for drug counselling and drug support services, since these decisions are made locally. Expenditure on drug treatment since 2002, including the PTB, is shown in the table.

Expenditure on drug treatment (excluding prison-based treatment)
Central Government funding (pooled treatment budget) Local funding (local authorities, primary care trusts, police, probation Total
Allocation (£ million) Percentage increase Allocation (£ million) Allocation (£ million)

2002-03

191

37

131

322

2003-04

236

23

200

436

2004-05

253

7

204

457

2005-06

300

18

208

508

2006-07

385

28

(1)212

597

(1) (estimate)—Local funding increases based on two per cent. inflation increase.

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many drug-related deaths were recorded in each year since 2002. [106923]

Caroline Flint: The number of deaths in England related to drug misuse is shown in the table.

Total

2002

1,456

2003

1,181

2004

1,334

Note:
Data taken from the Office for National Statistics data, Health Statistics Quarterly 29, Spring 2006

Drug-related Mental Illness

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people aged 15 to 25 years were treated for drug-related mental health problems in each year since 2002. [106922]

Caroline Flint: Information is not available in the requested format. Information on the number of finished consultant episodes (FCEs) for both the primary diagnosis and all diagnoses for drug related mental health problems is shown in the table. Please note that the information includes mental and behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco and alcohol.


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Count of FCEs for drug related mental health problems for patients aged 15-25, NHS Hospitals, England
ICD-10 codes 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03
Primary diagnosis All diagnoses Primary diagnosis All diagnoses Primary diagnosis All diagnoses

Drug related mental health problems including alcohol and tobacco

7,284

26,011

6,508

23,113

5,832

20,213

Notes:
1. Finished consultant episode (FCE)
A FCE is defined as a period of admitted patient care under one consultant within one health care provider.
2 Please note that the figures do not represent the number of patients, as a person may have more than one episode of care within the year.
3. All diagnoses count as episodes.
These figures represent a count of all FCEs where the diagnosis was mentioned in any of the 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in a HES record.
4. Diagnosis (primary diagnosis)
The primary diagnosis is the first of up to 14 (seven prior to 2002-03) diagnosis fields in the Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data set and provides the main reason why the patient was in hospital.
5. The ICD-10 codes used in this analysis were as follows:
F11—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of opioids.
F12—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cannabinoids.
F13—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of sedatives or hypnotics.
F14—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of cocaine.
F15—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of other stimulants, including caffeine.
F16—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of hallucinogens.
F18—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of volatile solvents.
F19—Mental and behavioural disorders due to multiple drug use and use of other psychoactive substances.
F55—Abuse of non-dependence-producing substances.
F10—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of alcohol.
F17—Mental and behavioural disorders due to use of tobacco.
Source:
Hospital Episode Statistics, The Information Centre for health and social care.

General Practitioner Referrals

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether it is her intention that NHS trusts should not assume GP referral as authorisation to treat a patient, as stated in the London strategic health authorities’ document entitled ‘London wide commissioning: primary care trust commissioning intentions 2006-07’ of 27 February 2006. [101688]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The commissioning controls for this year were set out in the ‘The NHS in England: the operating framework for 2006-07’. The statement in the document ‘London wide commissioning: primary care trust commissioning intentions 2006-07’, published on 27 February 2006, was in the context of ensuring financial balance. Where providers attract patients through choice and other primary care-generated referrals, primary care trusts (PCTs) are expected to meet these commitments. If provider activity exceeds the planned levels by more than an agreed margin, PCTs should work with practices and service providers to take appropriate action to ensure services are provided within current waiting time standards, having full regard to clinical priorities.

Health Bodies

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what arrangements are in place for thanking out-going members of primary care trusts and strategic health authorities. [107589]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has delegated the appointments function to the Appointments Commission. Valediction letters were despatched to all outgoing chairs and non-executives of strategic health authorities and primary care trusts in September 2006.

Health Service Facilities

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new health service facilities have been established in (a) Gateshead primary care trust and (b) Blaydon constituency since 1997. [105784]

Ms Rosie Winterton: New facilities and services in the Gateshead primary care trust area since 1992 include the walk in centre (opened July 2004) on the site of the Bensham hospital as well as the Teams medical practice which moved into new purpose built premises in December 2005.

New pharmacies have opened at Boots in Retail World Gateshead, and in Sainsburys in Gateshead.

Other achievements include:

New facilities and services in Blaydon area include the new Whickham cottage medical centre (2002), new general practitioner (GP) services in Ryton (2003-04) following the recruitment of two additional GPs, along with improvements to the surgery accommodation. The GP services in Ryton is now a main practice as opposed to the former branch practice arrangement. New facialities in Chopwell (The Pioneer centre) became available in 2004. These include podiatry, speech and language therapy as well as family planning services.

New optometry practices have opened in Crawcrook and Birtley. Gateshead PCT has also provided funding for a number of GP practices to make improvements to their premises to meet the requirements of the
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Disability Discrimination Act such as electrically operated doors, new seating, signage, ramps, call bells and induction loops.

The PCT is looking at ways to help provide new health facilities for GPs and PCT staff in Ryton, Crawcrook and Wrekenton. It is also supporting the provision of new replacement medical facilities for several practices, including Glenpark medical practice in Dunston, Central Gateshead medical group, Oxford Terrace, Bewick Road in central Gateshead and St. Albans medical group in Felling.

Hospital Running Costs

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the running costs are for a full year’s operation, including loan repayments for capital investment and PFI costs of (a) Queen’s hospital, Oldchurch (b) King George’s hospital, Redbridge and (c) Whipps Cross hospital, Leytonstone. [105956]

Andy Burnham: This information is not held centrally. However, trust level data can be found in the income and expenditure analysis of each of the trusts’ last full year’s audited accounts, which will be available from Barking Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust and Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust.


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Hospital Travel Costs Scheme

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of NHS trusts’ compliance with departmental guidance on the Hospital Travel Costs scheme. [102689]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department has not made an assessment of national health services trusts’ compliance with guidance on the hospital travel costs scheme (HTCS). It is for individual trusts to decide how best practice guidance is implemented locally.

As part of the “Our health, our care, our say” White Paper commitment to expand the HTCS to include referrals by health care professionals, we will be consulting on other issues such as alternative ways to raise awareness of the HTCS.

Hospital-acquired Infections

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many products manufactured to tackle hospital-acquired infections have been referred to the Rapid Review Panel; and how many recommendations the Panel has made, broken down by category of recommendation. [106170]

Andy Burnham: To date 168 products have been referred to the rapid review panel. The following table shows this broken down by category of recommendation and product type.

Recommendation
Products Total Number 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Number received

Cleaning products/disinfectants

40

1

4

4

11

13

7

0

0

Surface coating products

24

0

0

11

5

8

0

0

0

Fabrics

8

0

0

1

3

2

2

0

0

Hand cleansing products

9

1

5

0

0

3

0

0

0

Air decontamination products

22

0

2

8

6

5

1

0

0

Other

65

1

7

14

9

16

7

4

7

Total:

168

3

18

38

34

47

17

4

7

Recommendations:
1. Basic research and development is valid and in-use evaluations have shown benefits.
2. Basic research and development is complete but evaluations/trials are needed in an NHS clinical setting.
3. Potentially useful but insufficiently validated, more research and development is required.
4. Not a significant improvement on the product available and it is unlikely to contribute to reducing healthcare associated infection.
5. Insufficient clarity/evidence presented to enable full review of product.
6. An already well established product.
7. The product is not related to infection control procedures.

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