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Mount Care Home, Morpeth

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if she will order an inquiry into the process and outcomes for former residents of the closure of the Mount Care Home, Morpeth; [117338]

(2) how many former residents of the Mount Care Home, Morpeth have died since moving from the home under its closure process in the last (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months; and if she will make a statement. [117339]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: No. The Department expects that care home closures will be handled sensitively, that arrangements will be made for the satisfactory transfer of residents to other suitable homes and that adequate time will be allowed for the process, so that residents and their relatives can have real choice over where they are to live and the minimum possible discomfort is caused to all concerned.

Care homes may close for a number of reasons, including lack of financial viability, the retirement of the owner in the case of privately run homes, or the fact that the premises do not meet modern quality and safety standards. Residents may also need to move if their assessed needs have changed and their present home can no longer adequately care for them. This is especially true in the case of older residents, whose increasing frailty may mean that their health and well-being will be best assured by their moving to an alternative home which is better equipped to meet their needs.

It is a matter for local authorities, as autonomous public bodies, to decide how best to meet the need for social services, including residential care, in their areas, having regard for their resources and the care needs of their populations.

The information requested on the deaths of former residents of the Mount Care Home is not collected by the Department.

NHS Finance

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is categorised under Other Expenditure for Administration in figure 8.1 of her Department's annual report; and whether consultants are included. [117115]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: In figure 8.1 of the Department's annual report, apart from expenditure on the paybill, Other includes all other expenditure relevant to the running of the Department such as accommodation, IT and staff training. Other also includes expenditure on consultancy.

Social Enterprise Pathfinders

John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what discussions took place with regional development agencies in determining social enterprise pathfinder programmes; [115851]

(2) what advice was received from educational institutions and learning and skills councils in determining social enterprise pathfinder programmes; [115853]

(3) which external bodies were consulted in determining social enterprise pathfinder programmes; [115854]

(4) what liaison there was with other Government Departments in determining social enterprise pathfinder programme areas. [115859]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The social enterprise pathfinder programme is a Department of Health programme, which supports the development of social enterprises in health and social care.

Departmental officials have discussed the work of the social enterprise unit, including the pathfinder programme, with representatives from the regional development agencies. Officials have also liaised with other Government Departments, including the Office of the Third Sector and the Department for Communities and Local Government, and other external bodies about the pathfinder programme generally, but not about the selection of individual pathfinders.


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There has been no formal discussion with educational institutions and learning and skills councils. However, the Department asked strategic health authorities to discuss the pathfinder applications with regional stakeholders, including regional development agencies.

Social Services: Canterbury

Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the level of central Government grant to local government for social services in Canterbury local authority area was in the most recent year for which figures are available. [117176]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The provision of social services in the Canterbury area is the responsibility of Kent county council. Funding for local authorities' social service responsibilities are paid through formula grant (revenue support grant and national non-domestic rates) and specific grant. Formula grant is unhypothecated provision and decisions on the use of that grant are for local authorities to make, bearing in mind their statutory responsibilities and the wishes of their electorate. Under the provisional local government finance settlement 2007-08, Kent county council receives a formula grant of £228.685 million which is an increase of 2.7 per cent. on a like for like basis. In addition, Kent will receive the following revenue grants for adult social care amounting to £42.591 million:


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£ million

Access and systems capacity

13.386

Child and adolescent mental health services

1.786

Carers grants

4.353

Commission for social care inspection

0.017

Delayed discharge

2.477

HR development strategy

1.082

Improving management information

0.479

Mental health grant

2.870

National training strategy

2.335

Preserved rights

12.217

Preventative technology grant

1.245

Mental Capacity Act and the Independent Mental Capacity Advocate

0.344


Target Savings: Milton Keynes PCT

Mr. Lancaster: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the target savings at Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust are in the (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 financial years, broken down by workstream. [117710]

Andy Burnham: The information requested for the financial year 2006-07 is contained in the following table. The Department does not yet have the information requested for 2007-08 as the organisation has not yet produced its turnaround plan for that financial year.

The primary care trust (PCT) is receiving on-going support from a local project management office function and was assisted by an external consultant company in the development of its turnaround plan. Implementation of the plan is being closely performance managed by the strategic health authority turnaround director and the National Programme Office (NPO).

The latest progress report submitted to the NPO indicates that the PCT is targeting gross in-year savings of £16.0 million. The progress report dated 8 January indicates that the primary care trust has achieved £4.5 million to date out of a target £4.6 million (month nine) and the current forecast in-year outturn is a £8.8 million deficit.


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Milton Keynes PCT month nine savings
£000
Workstream title Year to date actual savings Full year revised target

Provider services—decommission services

Provider services—decommission services

Provider services—service redesign

537

727

Provider services—service redesign (repatriation)

12

49

Provider services—efficiency measures

614

760

Provider services—efficiency measures (agency)

34

227

Provider services—efficiency measures

Provider services—procurement

147

185

Provider services—procurement

Commissioning—changes in clinical pathways

161

214

Commissioning—changes in clinical pathways

Commissioning—changes in clinical pathways

Commissioning—pre-authorisation of care (Cons to Cons outpat)

417

625

Commissioning—pre -authorisation of care (delisting)

320

Commissioning—post billing verification

49

250

Commissioning—post billing verification

48

48

Commissioning—coding issues (assessment units, short stay etc.)

537

805

Commissioning—other (mainly service level agreement block discount)

1,010

1,515

Commissioning—other

42

89

Primary care—prescribing

708

1,036

Primary care—dental

23

100

Primary care—dental

37

Primary care—review of contracts

38

50

Primary care—review of contracts

PCT support—capital

175

505

PCT support—prescribing

Unidentified projects

8,801

Subtotal

4,526

16,343

Source:
NPO

Waiting Times

Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which clinical specialities met waiting time targets for treatment in Blackpool, South in the latest period for which figures are available. [117601]

Andy Burnham: At the end of November 2006 there were no patients resident in the Blackpool Primary Care Trust area waiting more than 13 weeks for a first outpatient appointment or waiting more than 26 weeks for in-patient treatment for any clinical specialty.

Water Fluoridation

Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what advice she issues to strategic health authorities on seeking advice from expert bodies when drawing up proposals on water fluoridation in their area; [117261]

(2) what water fluoridation projects (a) have been developed since 2003 and (b) are in the process of being developed in the (i) East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA), (ii) East of England SHA, (iii) London SHA, (iv) North East SHA, (v) North West SHA, (vi) South Centra SHA, (vii) South East SHA, (viii) South West SHA, (ix) West Midlands SHA and (x) Yorkshire and the Humber SHA; and what (A) advice and (B) support her Department has given the strategic health authorities in drawing up these plans. [117263]

Ms Rosie Winterton: In September 2005, the Department issued guidance to strategic health authority (SHA) and primary care trust chief executives on fluoridation of drinking water (Gateway reference 5136). The guidance included advice on the evidence base on fluoridation, the need for discussions with local water undertakers and with the Water Services Regulatory Authority, and the need to seek expert legal advice. The guidance also referred to “One in a Million—the facts about water fluoridation”, published by the British Fluoridation Society, as a useful source of information in conducting public consultations on fluoridation schemes.

No SHA has yet reached the stage of making a formal announcement about a consultation. In 2005, the Department allocated £32,000 to the former Greater Manchester SHA to fund a technical feasibility study.

Charlotte Atkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health to which organisations her Department (a) provides funding for research and (b) gives expert advice to strategic health authorities on water fluoridation; what funding each of these organisations has received since 2000-01; and what funding has been allocated for 2007-08 and 2008-09. [117262]

Ms Rosie Winterton: From 2000-01 to 2005-06, the Department made the following grants to the British Fluoridation Society (BFS) to promote the benefits of water fluoridation. There has been no subsequent departmental funding for the BFS.

Grant (£)

2000-01

80,000

2001-02

82,000

2002-03

84,050

2003-04

85,000

2004-05

87,000

2005-06

90,000


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