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Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 18 January 2007]: Diabetes is an epidemic that demands our attention and action. However, we do not think that a resolution in the United Nations General Assembly is the primary way that this will be achieved. We would support an initiative that referred to diabetes within a broader public resolution or sought to raise the profile of non-communicable diseases at the World Health Organization.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Information on individual hospitals is not collected centrally. The national health service organisations in west Lancashire currently forecasting a deficit are listed in the following table.
|NHS organisation||2006-07 month 6 forecast outturn (deficit)|
Department of Health quarter two NHS financial report 2006-07
Ms Rosie Winterton: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible within the national health service for commissioning and funding services for their resident population, including palliative and end of life care. It is for PCTs to determine how to use the funding allocated to them to commission services to meet the health care needs of their local populations. The level of funding a hospice receives is a matter for local negotiation between the PCT and the hospice.
The end of life care strategy which Ministers have asked the National Cancer Director to develop which will be the means whereby the commitments in the election manifesto and Our health, our care, our say are delivered, will also address other important matters such as hospice funding.
As part of the dignity in care for older people initiative, Ministers have recently announced a capital
fund of up to £40 million that adult hospices can bid for to improve their environments.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which independent sector treatment centres have fully completed their national data returns on time; which have supplied incomplete information; and which have not made a return. 
Andy Burnham: In the last financial quarter, 21 of 22 independent sector treatment centres made commissioning data sets return on time. The Department expects a return from the Norton NHS treatment centre shortly.
Kidderminster NHS treatment centre had fully completed all data fields. Generally the completeness of the returns made by providers was good. Where data was not supplied, this would not affect the clinical care that an individual patient receives.
Ms Rosie Winterton: A consultation undertaken by seven primary care trusts across Lancashire and Lancashire Care National Health Service Trust supported plans to reconfigure mental health services across Lancashire. This includes the provision of more services to local communities to support care at home or as near to home as possible, the building of three new mental health hospital units, and the closure of the existing mental health hospitals once the new ones were fully operational. The plans are currently being considered by the local authority overview and scrutiny committee.
Ms Rosie Winterton: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay National Health Service Trust announced the appointment of Mr. Tony Halsall as the new chief executive on 22 January 2007. Mr. Halsall is expected to take up the post from April 2007.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 11 January 2007, Official Report, column 701W, on the NHS Appointments Commission, who in her Department is responsible for monitoring the performance of the Appointments Commission; what data is supplied to enable such monitoring to take place; and what steps are taken to check the accuracy of such data. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department sets key performance indicators for the Appointments Commission and regularly monitor their performance through the scrutiny of reports, performance review meetings with officials and twice yearly meetings with the me. The Commissions board and audit committee also monitor performance, scrutinise data and report to Parliament each year through their annual report. The Commissions processes are further subject to the requirements of the commissioner for public appointments who also reports annually on her findings.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will place in the Library a copy of the CD referred to in paragraph 5.576 of her Departments annual report; what the cost was of producing the CD; and what the conclusion was of the evaluation to which she refers. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The compact disk (CD) was produced and 20,000 copies distributed at a cost of £82,000. These were disseminated throughout the HM Prison Service young people's estate and to young offenders. An additional 20,000 copies are currently being prepared at a cost of £32,000. A copy will be placed in the Library shortly.
The Governments Hepatitis C Strategy for England recognised the importance of targeting young people in custody, many of whom are not yet injecting, with primary prevention messages to help them stay safe and avoid risks from blood-borne viruses. As a result, the Department commissioned this CD, as a resource to raise awareness and attempt to influence this group away from injecting and drug use, or at least to adopt harm reduction measures.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 19 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1418-9W, on NHS finance, what she expects the (a) remit, (b) function and (c) activity of the NHS Bank to be; and if she will make a statement. 
[holding answer 31 January 2007]: As stated in the Departmental Report 2006, the NHS Bank was set up in 2003-04 as a mutual organisation of the 28 strategic health authorities (SHAs) with the
purpose of supporting national health service organisations in maximising the use of resources across the NHS over time.
working with SHAs to manage the profile of capital expenditure across the NHS;
assisting in the management of the impairments/accelerated depreciation central budget and any other central budgets it is requested to manage; and
providing advice to the Department on the financial impact of new policy developments.
Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) capital and (b) running costs are of each of the proposed Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support Services centres for Cumbria and Lancashire. 
Andy Burnham: Financial information relating to the scheme is considered commercially sensitive as the scheme is still subject to negotiation. The Department is engaged in negotiations with the independent sector in relation to the provision of similar health care services in other areas. To release information relating to cost at this time would therefore harm the Departments ability to secure best value for money in the procurement of services from the independent sector for the national health service.
Ms Rosie Winterton: The latest, September 2006, commissioner-based figures for Tendring primary care trust show that there were no patients waiting for an orthodontics in-patient appointment and 15 patients waiting for an orthodontics out-patient appointment. They also show that there were 79 patients waiting for an oral surgery in-patient appointment and 107 patients waiting for an oral surgery out-patient appointment. However, most of orthodontic activity is undertaken in community or primary care and data for these waiting times is not held centrally.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what powers she has to intervene to prevent hospitals from charging patients and public excessively for the use of telephones; and on how many occasions she has exercised those powers; 
Andy Burnham [holding answer 31 January 2007]: A number of private providers are responsible for installing and managing bedside telephone services and it is these providers, not the hospital themselves, that charge the user directly. The service is provided as a free good to the national health service and the contract is made directly between the patient and the service provider.
In the past two years, some 170 members of the public have written to the Department about integrated bedside television and telephone services. The number of complaints this correspondence may contain is not identified separately.
Ms Rosie Winterton: Any prisoner concerned about the possibility of being infected with a blood-borne virus will have pre-test discussion, the test itself, and post-test discussion about the result by a trained health practitioner in the prison. This is similar to the experience of any person requesting such a test in the community.
Sir Peter Soulsby:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health for how long she expects the Breast Cancer
Family History Service in the University Hospitals of Leicester to be suspended. 
The provision of services is a matter for agreement between national health service trusts and their commissioning primary care trusts and the strategic health authority for the area, in consultation with local stakeholders. Plans for services should take into consideration local needs and priorities while ensuring they meet core national standards for the delivery of health services.
We are aware that a number of trusts have decided to freeze posts as a way of temporarily reducing staff costs, which can assist organisations in returning to financial balance. Post freezes can be a sensible measure if this avoids redundancies and does not increase waiting times or compromise the safe delivery of patient care.
Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent estimate she has made of the (a) waiting times for treatment by and (b) capacity of the departments of the (i) orthopaedics, (ii) rheumatology, (iii) ear, nose and throat, (iv) general surgery, (v) urology and (vi) gynaecology departments of (A) West Cumberland hospital and (B) Cumberland infirmary; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: Local primary care trusts are responsible for ensuring that health services are provided to meet the needs of their local population. The information requested on waiting times at North Cumbria Acute Hospitals National Health Service Trust is shown in the following tables.
|Provider based inpatient waiting times for North Cumbria Acute NHS Trust, September 2006|
|Number waiting, individual timebands (weeks)|
|Speciality||Total waiting list||Median wait (weeks)||Less than 1||1 to <2||2 to <3||3 to <4||4 to <5||5 to <6||6 to <7|
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