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Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether blood taken from people with haemophilia has been used at any time since 1977 to measure the pathogenic potential of the UK blood supply; and if she will make a statement. [120758]

Caroline Flint: We are unaware of such assessments.

Donor screening for HIV was introduced in 1985 and donor screening for hepatitis C was introduced in September 1991. Both these microbiological tests were introduced as soon as practicable.

Health Education: Drugs

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget is for education
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programmes on (a) drugs and (b) alcohol in each year since 2004. [119383]

Caroline Flint: The FRANK drug information campaign was launched in May 2003, providing young people and their families with advice and information about drug misuse. The campaign is administered and funded jointly by the Department, the Home Office and the Department for Education and Skills (DfES). The joint total spend across the whole campaign, is shown in the following table.

£ million









(1 )Estimated

The Department and the Home Office jointly will spend £3.77 million in 2006-07 on the ‘Know your Limits’ campaign, which seeks to prevent binge drinking. This campaign began in 2006-07.

DfES is responsible for the funding of education programmes in schools and we do not hold information on this.

Health Professions: Gloucestershire

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) consultants, (b) registrars, (c) junior doctors and (d) nurses were employed by Gloucestershire Acute Trust and its predecessor organisations in (i) 1995, (ii) 1998, (iii) 2000, (iv) 2003 and (v) the latest year for which figures are available; and what the full-time equivalent numbers were in each category in each year. [118276]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 5 February 2007]: The requested data for 1995, 1998 and 2000 are not directly comparable with data available for 2003 and 2005 due to organisational mergers. In 2002, Acute Services from both East Gloucestershire National Health Service Trust and Gloucester Royal NHS Trust merged to form Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust. Mental health and learning disabilities services from East Gloucestershire NHS Trust formed part of Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust, and the remaining community services of East Gloucestershire NHS Trust formed parts of Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Primary Care Trust (PCT), West Gloucestershire PCT and Cotswold and Vale PCT. We have no information on which organisations the remaining services for Gloucester Royal NHS Trust merged with.

Health Services: Eastbourne

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on health care per capita in Eastbourne in each of the last 10 years. [120571]

Caroline Flint: Expenditure data are not normally available at a constituency level as this rarely coincides with the boundaries of individual health bodies. Data
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at individual health body level are retained for seven years and therefore data for 1996-97 is not now available.

The following table shows the total expenditure per head by organisations within the Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority area (£) for the period 1997-98 to 2005-06.

Expenditure per head (£)



















1. Expenditure by strategic health authority area is taken as the total expenditure of the strategic health authority, predecessor health authorities and primary care trusts within the strategic health authority area.
2. Expenditure shown does not include all NHS expenditure within the area. Expenditure on general dental services and pharmaceutical services accounted for by the Dental Practice Board and Prescription Pricing Authority, respectively, are excluded. This expenditure cannot be included within the figures for the individual health bodies as they are not included in commissioner accounts.
Audited accounts of relevant health authorities 1997-98 to 2001-02 audited summarisation forms of Surrey and Sussex strategic health authority 2002-03 to 2005-06 audited summarisation schedules of relevant primary care trusts 2000-01 to 2005-06 Office for National Statistics unweighted population figures.

Health Services: Kent

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what forecast she has made of the financial positions of (a) Dartford and Gravesend primary care trust (PCT), (b) Medway PCT and (c) West Kent PCT at the end of the 2006-07 financial year. [121226]

Caroline Flint: The table shows the forecast outturn for 2006-07 at month six for Dartford Gravesham and Swanley primary care trust (PCT) and Medway PCT. The figures for West Kent PCT are not yet available.

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Organisation name 2006-07 month six forecast outturn surplus/(deficit)

Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley PCT


Medway PCT


NHS financial performance quarter two 2006-07.

Heart Operations

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what factors health authorities take into account when deciding whether a particular heart operation is urgent. [118572]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The length of time patients wait depends on their clinical priority. Emergency cases need to be seen immediately. Other cases will be treated as quickly as possible. However, this is dependent on the clinical priority of all the remaining patients waiting to be seen. The responsibility for decisions about when urgent cases are treated lies in the hands of clinicians.

Home Births

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many home births there were in England in each of the last six years. [118005]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Information on the number of home deliveries for the years 1999-2000 to 2004-05 is shown in the following table. This information is taken from “National Health Service Maternity Statistics, England: 2004-05”. A copy has been placed in the Library.

Number of home deliveries—1999-2000 to 2004-05
Number of home deliveries













Hospital Building

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what major hospital building projects have been approved in the last 12 months, broken down by parliamentary constituency; and if she will make a statement. [111762]

Andy Burnham: The lists details schemes with a capital value of over £58.7 million (the threshold conventionally used to denote a major scheme at 2006-07 prices)

Schemes which were approved in August 2006 to proceed to the next stage following the private finance initiative review
£ million
Constituency National health service trust Capital value


University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS trust



South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust



Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust


Denton and Reddish

Tameside and Glossop Acute Services NHS trust


Walsall, South

Walsall Hospitals NHS trust


Leicester, East

University Hospital Leicester NHS trust


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Schemes which had full business cases approved, signed contracts and begun construction
£ million
Constituency National health service trust Capital value

Haltemprice and Howden

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust


St. Helens, North and

St Helens Hospitals NHS trust


St. Helens, South Birmingham, Edgbaston

University Hospital Birmingham NHS trust


Bethnal Green and Bow

St. Barts and the London NHS trust


Holborn and St Pancras

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS trust


Bristol, West

United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust and North Bristol NHS trust


These are the constituencies principally affected by the scheme, for example, those containing a significant element of new build or refurbishment.

Hospitals: Kent

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance she has issued on hospital opening hours over holiday periods; and which community hospitals were open on Christmas day 2006 in Sittingbourne and Sheppey. [119811]

Andy Burnham: It is for primary care trusts and national health service trusts to determine the appropriate pattern of service provision locally, taking into account the needs of local people.

Medical Treatments: Injuries

Derek Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects the wound clinics to be re-opened at Sittingbourne Memorial and Sheppey community hospitals. [119814]

Andy Burnham: This is a matter for the local national health service.

Mental Health Services

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) early intervention services, (b) crisis resolution services and (c) community development services have been adversely affected by mental health providers having contributed disproportionately to local health authority savings in the 2006-07 financial year; [101820]

(2) what action has been taken against strategic health authorities under which mental health providers have contributed disproportionately to savings in the 2006-07 financial year; [101821]

(3) what action will be taken against strategic health authorities if they do not (a) provide a satisfactory rationale for disproportionate savings expected of mental health providers, (b) make a satisfactory commitment to reduce the savings expected to be made by mental health providers in 2007-08 by the same amount they have been asked to over-contribute this year and (c) make a satisfactory affirmation of their commitment to deliver their local development plans in mental health for early intervention, crisis resolution and the community development workers; [101822]

(4) what account is taken of (a) inflation and (b) the cost of reinstating services that have been withdrawn or reduced in order to make savings in considering what contribution mental health service providers will be required to make to health authority savings in 2007-08; [101823]

(5) if she will list cases of mental health services contributing disproportionately to NHS savings in the 2006-07 financial year which have been brought to the attention of her Department. [101824]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The Department does not expect any mental health or learning disability service to be asked to contribute more in financial savings or cost improvement plans than any other service in the local health economy, unless that service contributed to the deficit.

A small number of cases of possible disproportionate savings on mental health have been brought to the Department's attention in recent months, which were investigated by the Department's recovery and support unit. In each case investigated, the Department has now established that the savings required of mental health trusts were not disproportionate compared to the rest of the local health economy.

Mental Health Services: Lancashire

Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many clinical psychologists for adult mental health services there are in East Lancashire. [117922]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The information is not available in the format request. As at 30 September 2005, there were 119 qualified clinical psychology staff working at the Lancashire Care NHS Trust.

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