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Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what records of infection rates in independent treatment centres she requires operators of independent treatment centres to report to her Department; and if she will publish such records. [105249]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Infection rates in independent sector treatment centres are not collected centrally currently. However, independent sector providers providing national health service services within wave one of the independent sector treatment centre programme are contractually obliged to report any serious untoward incidents, including infections, to the Department.

Providers are also obliged to report outbreaks of infectious diseases to the Healthcare Commission under the provisions of the Private and Voluntary Health Care Regulations 2001. As part of the phase two procurement key performance indicators will include returns on MSRA and other hospital acquired infections

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts in the North West on the second wave of independent treatment centres. [109119]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The Department maintains a continuing dialogue with the national health service North West in relation to the procurement of independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) services in the North West as part of phase two of the ISTC programme. NHS North West in turn engages with key stakeholders including primary care trusts and hospital trusts. As part of the phase two procurement process the local NHS, through SHAs, must confirm their support for ISTC schemes before preferred bidders are appointed and before contracts are awarded.

Influenza Vaccinations

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons for the delay in the supply of influenza vaccine this year have been; and what financial or other penalties have been imposed on the suppliers. [110302]

Caroline Flint: Manufacturers encountered a problem in growing one of the three virus strains recommended by the World Health Organization to be included in this year’s vaccine. This problem affected all European and international production.

General practitioners order their own vaccine direct from the supplier(s) of their choice and enter into their own contract agreement. Therefore, no financial penalties have been imposed by the Department.

Mr. Dunne: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of people over 65 in (a) Ludlow constituency, (b) Shropshire and (c) the West Midlands have received an influenza vaccination in the past 12 months. [110315]

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Caroline Flint: The information is not available in the format requested.

Provisional data for the 2006-07 influenza immunisation programme show that by the end of November 2006, 59 per cent. of people aged over 65 years had been vaccinated in the Shropshire County primary care trust area and 62 per cent. of people aged over 65 years had been vaccinated in the NHS West Midlands area.

The table shows the percentage of persons aged 65 and over immunised against influenza during October 2005 to January 2006 in the primary care trusts in the three former strategic health authorities in the West Midlands.


West Midlands


Birmingham and The Black Country


Dudley Beacon and Castle PCT


Dudley South PCT


Eastern Birmingham PCT


Heart of Birmingham Teaching PCT


North Birmingham PCT


Oldbury and Smethwick PCT


Rowley Regis and Tipton PCT


Solihull PCT


South Birmingham PCT


Walsall Teaching PCT


Wednesbury and West Bromwich PCT


Wolverhampton City PCT


Shropshire and Staffordshire


Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth PCT


Cannock Chase PCT


East Staffordshire PCT


Newcastle-under-Lyme PCT


North Stoke PCT


Shropshire County PCT


South Stoke PCT


South Western Staffordshire PCT


Staffordshire Moorlands PCT


Telford and Wrekin PCT


West Midlands South


Coventry Teaching PCT


Herefordshire PCT


North Warwickshire PCT


Redditch and Bromsgrove PCT


Rugby PCT


South Warwickshire PCT


South Worcestershire PCT


Wyre Forest PCT


Source: HPA.

Inter-authority Transfers

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 11 December 2006, Official Report, column 678, on inter-authority transfers, if she will list the (a) transferer, (b) transferee and (c) value of transfer for each (i) revenue and (ii) capital
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inter-authority transfer in (A) 2004-05 and (B) 2005-06; and if she will list the same information for each inter-authority transfer in 2006-07 to date. [109702]

Andy Burnham [holding answer 18 December 2006]: The information is not available and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.

Intermediate Beds

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many intermediate beds are available per thousand population in each county in England. [109287]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is shown in the following table:

Number of available intermediate care beds per 1,000 population quarter two 2006-07
Strategic health authority Number of intermediate care beds Population Number of intermediate care beds available per 1,000 population

North East




North West




Yorkshire and The Humber




East Midlands




West Midlands




East of England








South East Coast




South Central




South West




England total




Department of Health form LDPR and 2005 mid-year resident population estimates based on 2001 Census.


Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will centrally collate the amount NHS trusts in England and Wales spent on interpreters in the 2005-06 financial year; and if she will make a statement. [110057]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 19 December 2006]: National health service bodies are not required to report their planned or actual spending on interpretation and translation services to the Department. When planning such services, NHS bodies should take due account of their legal duties, the composition of the communities they serve, and the needs and circumstances of their patients, service users and local populations.

The Government have established the independent Commission on Integration and Cohesion to look at Government policies and public services and to report in 2007. As part of its brief, the Commission will look
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at the provision of language services across Government. The Department will fully support the commission in its work.

Investing in Your Health Consultations

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total (a) indirect and (b) direct costs were from the Investing In Your Health consultations carried out by the (i) St. Albans and Harpenden Primary Care Trust, (ii) NHS Eastern Regional Office, (iii) East and North Hertfordshire. NHS Trust, (iv) Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Trust, (v) West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (vi) South East Hertfordshire Primary Care Trust, (vii) Welwyn and Hatfield Primary Care Trust, (viii) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Ambulance and Paramedic Service, (ix) Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority, (x) North Hertfordshire and Stevenage Primary Care Trust and (xi) Royston, Buntingford and Bishop's Stortford Primary Care Trust. [110409]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is not held centrally. The responsibility of this local consultation fell to the former Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Strategic Health Authority.

Lincolnshire Chief Executive

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Chief Executive of United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust was paid during her suspension; whether she received a (a) pay rise and (b) bonus in that period; and what severance package she has been awarded. [108714]

Ms Rosie Winterton: This information is not held centrally.

The information may be obtainable by contacting David Bowles, Chairman of the United Lincolnshire Hospitals National Health Service Trust.

Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma

Mr. Clapham: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when the Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group last met; when it last made a preliminary report; and when its final report is due; [107875]

(2) when she expects the mesothelioma sub-group to report on the measures required in a mesothelioma treatment and care strategy. [107876]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma Advisory Group (LCAMAG) last met on 13 July 2006.

There are no plans for LCAMAG to produce a report. The remit of LCAMAG is to facilitate collaboration and to promote mutual understanding between the Department, the voluntary sector, patient and professional groups and to continually advise Ministers, the National Cancer Director and the Department on the development and delivery of high quality services for lung cancer patients.

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LCAMAG and its associated mesothelioma sub-group have however produced a draft mesothelioma framework discussion document which provides advice for the national health service on how to organise services for mesothelioma patients to improve standards of care across the country. This document is currently out for consultation. It has been placed in the Library and is available on the Department’s website at

The deadline for responses to the consultation is 18 January 2007.

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