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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will (a) place in the Library and (b) make available on her Departments website a copy of Avoidable Deaths the five-year report of the national confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 7 December 2006]: Avoidable Deaths is a product of the centre for suicide prevention at the university of Manchester. The centre has been commissioned by the National Patient Safety Agency to investigate suicides, homicides and sudden unexplained deaths in mental health services and make recommendations on how they might be prevented.
I understand from the director of the national confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness (NCI) that the full version of Avoidable Deaths is only available from the website at:
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many homicides have been attributed to people (a) diagnosed with schizophrenia and (b) receiving treatment for schizophrenia in each of the last 10 years. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: According to the latest five-year report of the national confidential inquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness, the number of homicides by people with schizophrenia is around 30 per year which represents 5 per cent. of all homicides. NCIs findings show that half the perpetrators with schizophrenia were current or recent patients while one third had no previous contact with services.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what change there has been in the financial position of (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospital trusts in North Yorkshire in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The following table shows the 2005-06 final audited accounts and the 2006-07 quarter one and two forecast outturn position for NHS trusts and primary care trusts in the North Yorkshire area.
|Organisation name||2005-06 final accounts surplus/(deficit)||2006-07 quarter 1 forecast outturn surplus/(deficit)||2006-07 quarter 2 forecast outturn surplus/(deficit)|
| Sources: 1. 2005-06 audited summarisation schedules. 2. 2006-07 monthly financial monitoring returns.|
Mr. Ivan Lewis [holding answer 7 December 2006]: The weighted capitation formula is one of four elements used to set allocations for primary care trusts. The other three elements are recurrent baselines (the previous year's allocation plus in-year adjustments), distances from targets (the difference between weighted capitation targets and recurrent baselines) and pace of change policy (which determines the level of increases given to PCTs).
The national formula is overseen by the independent advisory committee on resource allocation and is applied consistently to all PCTs. The impact on the 2006-07 and 2007-08 allocations to PCTs in Northamptonshire is shown in the table.
|2006-07 and 2007-08 percentage increase in funding||2007-08 closing percentage distance from target|
The table is based on allocations made to 303 PCTs before they were reduced to 152 PCTs on 1 October 2006. From 1 October 2006 there is one Northamptonshire PCT.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to table 94a on page Ev249 of her Department's memorandum to the Health Committee, HC 1692-i, how the overall 2006-07 tariff uplift of4 per cent. may be reconciled with the figure of 1.5 per cent. published in paragraph 5.2, page 18, of her Department's document The NHS in England: the Operating Framework for 2006-07, published on26 January 2006. 
There were however some technical adjustments to the tariff quantum that resulted in the overall increase in value of the tariff from one year to the next being 1.5 per cent. This information is contained in Implementing Payment by Results: Technical Guidance 2006-07, Executive Summary, which is available in the Library.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: NHS Professionals has now centralised its recruitment teams under a national head of recruitment. It has also implemented a bespoke recruitment administration system that is now delivering efficiencies, and reduced the average length of processing time because of faster links between recruitment, interview and training teams.
The new recruitment system has enabled NHS Professionals to link its recruitment activity directly to both its national booking system and will, in time, link directly to the national electronic staff records service.
The process complies with all employment legislation in the NHS, provides a genuine audit trail for all flexible workers joining NHS Professionals and helps ensure that trusts have people with appropriate skills and competencies working through NHS Professionals.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: National health service compulsory redundancy data for the third quarter of the current financial year will be published in the NHS financial performance report for quarter three of 2006-07.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average length of time was between the initial advertisement of a vacancy through NHS Professionals and the first working day of the successful applicant in each of the last five years for which information is available. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: NHS Professionals does not recruit to specific vacancies. It recruits to its bank of flexible workers and these staff are available to work in its partner trusts as and when required. The bank includes staff who hold substantive posts at NHS trusts and those staff who work only as bank staff through NHS Professionals. Staff who hold substantive roles and wish to work additional shifts at the same trust are recruited to the bank on average in seven working days. The average period of time for non-substantive post holders is 35 working days but this varies depending on Criminal Records Bureau checks and reference returns.
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the effect on her Department's expenditure of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's decision to withdraw eligibility of those suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's disease to have the drugs (a) Donepezil, (b) Rivastigmine and (c) Galantamine prescribed on the NHS. 
Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many nurses are employed by the (a) Leicester Royal Infirmary hospital, (b) Glenfield hospital in Leicester and (c) Leicester general hospital; and how many were employed at each in 1997. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The latest available national health service workforce figures are for September 2005. At that time 3,645 qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff were employed by University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. This trust was formed in 2000, through the merger of the three NHS trusts of Leicester Royal Infirmary, Glenfield hospital and Leicester general hospital. Figures for the three individual hospitals are not available post-2000.
|Qualified nursing, midwifery and health visiting staff employed|
The Information Centre for health and social care Non-Medical Workforce Census.
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