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Hospices: Children

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department expects to give guidance to the Association of Children’s Hospices on the distribution of (a) year two and (b) year three funding of the moneys allocated to children’s hospices to replace the loss of Lottery funding; and if she will make a statement. [119140]


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Mr. Ivan Lewis: We are currently reviewing the process used for the hospice service grants in 2006-07 and are collecting information on the hospice service schemes supported this year. We will be discussing with the Association of Children’s Hospices and other key stakeholders any revisions necessary to the process for 2007-08 and 2008-09. We will be issuing further information for applicant organisations once this has been completed.

Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what her Department’s latest estimate is of the additional cost required to meet the 18-week waiting time target (a) in 2006-07, (b) 2007-08 and (c) the months April to December 2008. [124930]

Andy Burnham: The 2004 comprehensive spending review provided for an extra £1,000 million and £1,900 million in 2006-07 and 2007-08 respectively for extra out-patient and in-patient activity needed to cover demand growth, existing waiting time initiatives and progress towards the 18-week waiting time target. The current spending review, which will deal with 2008-09 onwards, has yet to be completed.

Infertility Treatment

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, the hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) Official Report, columns 125-26WH, on infertility treatment, what funding she is providing for Infertility Network UK to conduct the work she has commissioned; what areas she expects to be covered by Infertility Network UK in the course of its work; when she expects the work to be completed; whether she plans to publish a report on the work completed; whether she plans to publish an interim report; and if she will make a statement. [123496]

Caroline Flint: We are giving a three-year project grant to Infertility Network UK to help primary care trusts share best practice in the provision of fertility services and engage with fertility patients in the planning and prioritisation of services. In the current year, the project funding is £21,000, increasing to £25,000 in 2007-08 and 2008-09. This is in addition to three-year core funding of £30,000 a year.

Once Infertility Network UK has completed an analysis of current provision, we will discuss taking the initial findings forward with including making the results of this work publicly available. As the project progresses, they will liaise with primary care trusts to discuss approaches to the provision of fertility services and the dissemination of good practice.

Influenza

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which groups of workers would be eligible for antiviral prophylaxis in (a) an outbreak of avian influenza and (b) an influenza pandemic; and if she will make a statement. [123126]


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Caroline Flint: In the event of an outbreak of avian influenza any workers who have been or could be exposed to infection through their work activity will be offered the antiviral oseltamivir subject to an individual risk assessment by the Health Protection Agency. Such workers are likely to include poultry workers on the infected farm, vets, catchers and cullers of poultry, and contractors involved in carcase disposal and site decontamination.

Our current United Kingdom strategy is to use antiviral drugs predominantly for treatment of people with pandemic influenza. We are currently considering the practicalities of giving short courses of anti-virals (as prophylaxis) to members of the household of a person with pandemic influenza. However, this would require a larger stockpile than currently planned.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many courses of oseltamivir have been used in the prophylaxis of poultry workers and others potentially exposed to avian influenza in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007. [123127]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of courses of anti-virals used in the prophylaxis of poultry workers and others potentially exposed to avian influenza is as follows:

Number

2005

Essex quarantine incident

10

2006

Norfolk H7N3 incident

129

2007

Suffolk avian influenza incident

554


Maternity Services: Disadvantaged

Mr. Jamie Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what effect she expects the recommendations in the report by Dr. Sheila Shribman, “Making it better: For mother and baby”, commissioned by her Department, to have on maternity services in areas of urban and rural deprivation; [124106]

(2) how the recommendations of the report by Dr. Sheila Shribman, Making it better: For mother and baby”, commissioned by her Department, will inform the work of primary care trusts in redesigning maternity services. [124107]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: Dr. Shribman’s report did not make specific recommendations. However, it did set out the clinical case for change in maternity services to ensure all women have access to high-quality, safe and responsive services. We will shortly be publishing a document which will describe a programme for improving choice, access and continuity of care in maternity services. The document will set out how commissioners can use the health reform agenda to ensure their services are sensitive to the needs of their population and take into account geographical and health inequality factors.

Maternity Services: Shrewsbury

Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make a statement on the proposals by the Staffordshire, Shropshire and Black Country
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Newborn Network to downgrade the neonatal unit at Royal Shrewsbury hospital to level 2; and why it is proposed that the unit should no longer have level 3 status. [123642]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: National health service West Midlands reports that the maternity unit at Royal Shrewsbury hospital has never been the equivalent of a level 3 unit. Therefore, the proposals, which will be subject to public consultation, should not be viewed as a downgrading of Royal Shrewsbury hospital’s maternity unit.

Mid Essex Primary Care Trust

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many administrative staff there were in each of the three individual primary care trusts that have been merged into Mid Essex primary care trust prior to the merger; and what the corresponding figure is for the newly merged primary care trust. [126037]

Andy Burnham: Information regarding Mid Essex primary care trust (PCT) is not currently available, but will be published in late April.

Information for the three individual primary care trusts prior to the merger is contained in the following table.

National health service hospital and community health services: Administrative staff in each specified organisation by level as at 30 September 2005
Headcount

Total specified organisations

365

Chelmsford PCT: Total

65

Senior manager

4

Manager

13

Clerical and administrative

48

Maldon And South Chelmsford PCT: Total

150

Senior manager

5

Manager

16

Clerical and administrative

129

Witham Braintree and Halstead Care Trust: Total

150

Senior manager

9

Manager

27

Clerical and administrative

114

Source: The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census


Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much each former individual primary care trust in the newly formed Mid Essex Primary Care Trust spent annually on its finance department prior to the merger of the three primary care trusts; and how much has been spent since the merger into one primary care trust. [126038]

Andy Burnham: The information requested is not held centrally.


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Midwives: Leicestershire

Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were in training in Leicestershire teaching hospitals in each year since 1997. [123186]

Andy Burnham: This information is not held centrally.


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Mr. Andy Reed: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many midwives were employed in the NHS in Leicestershire in each year since 1997. [123191]

Andy Burnham: The number of midwives employed in the national health service in Leicestershire in each year since 1997 is shown in the following table. 2005 is the latest year for which centrally validated figures are available.

NHS hospital and community health services: Qualified midwifery staff in each specified organisation as at 30 September each specified year
Headcount
1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

Leicester General Hospital NHS Trust

150

140

159

Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust

212

226

233

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

393

372

365

398

390

352

Total specified organisations

362

366

392

393

372

365

398

390

352

Notes:
1. In 2000 Leicester General Hospital NHS Trust and Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust merged to form the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.
2. Figures given are for headcount and not whole-time equivalents.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care non-medical workforce census.

Monitor

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the annual budget is of Monitor; when it was set up; how many paid officials it employs; whether it shares office premises with another publicly-funded body; what annual rental is paid on its offices; and if she will make a statement. [126728]

Andy Burnham: Monitor (whose statutory name is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) was established in January 2004 further to section 2 of, and Schedule 2 to, the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (which has since been consolidated into the National Health Service Act 2006).

Monitor's annual budget for 2006-07 is £12.8 million, £0.5 million of which relates to Monitor's involvement in the Department's whole health community diagnostic exercise for the acute and mental health national health service trusts.

I am advised by the chairman of Monitor that it currently employs 69 full-time staff and the annual rental paid on its offices, which are not shared with any other publicly funded body, is approximately £358,000.

NHS Foundation Trusts

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many members there are of each NHS foundation hospital trust in England; and what the annual cost of servicing the membership has been in each case. [121479]

Andy Burnham: I am advised by the chairman of Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) that the most up-to-date membership figures for each national health service foundation trust are contained in Monitor's recent submission to the Health Committee's inquiry into patient and public involvement in the NHS, a copy which is available in the Library (HC 278-11). At the time of Monitor’s submission in January 2007, there were approximately 625,000 members of the then 54 NHS foundation trusts.

The annual cost of servicing the membership of individual NHS foundation trusts depends on a number of factors, including their size. Detailed figures may be obtained by contacting the chairs of individual NHS foundation trusts direct.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, columns 672-73W, on NHS foundation trusts, if she will list references to the growing body of evidence that performance and responsiveness have improved across the national health service foundation trust sector. [124535]

Andy Burnham: Monitor (the statutory name of which is the Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) routinely publishes information on the performance of national health service foundation trusts on its website at www.monitor-nhsft.gov.uk. Key publications include “NHS Foundation Trusts: Report for six-month period to 30 September 2006” and “Review and Consolidated Accounts of NHS Foundation Trusts 2005-06”, the latter of which was laid before Parliament on 12 December 2006. The financial results for the nine-month period to 31 December 2006 are due to be published in mid-March 2007.

The results of the 2005-06 annual health check exercise by the Healthcare Commission, which are publicly available on its website at www.healthcarecommission.org.uk, show that foundation trusts are delivering improved care for patients required by their commissioners and to nationally prescribed standards, and value for money.


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