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Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on the domiciliary oxygen service in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each health trust in the year preceding the introduction of the new domiciliary oxygen service. [152973]

Mr. Bradshaw: Expenditure on the home oxygen service prior to the introduction of the new service was not collected centrally.

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the implications of the changed arrangements for home oxygen therapy for (a) waiting times, (b) patient safety and (c) emergency supply; and if he will make a statement. [153628]

Mr. Bradshaw: Primary care trusts (PCTs) are responsible for managing the home oxygen service locally, including assessing how the new arrangements relate to waiting times, patient safety and emergency supply.

PCTs have access, on the home oxygen website, to a clinical assessment services commissioning framework, which outlines how these services, together with the new home oxygen service, can help reduce waiting times while supporting patients in managing their symptoms at home.

Under the terms of the contract, all suppliers are required to provide information and training on the safe and effective use of oxygen equipment provided to patients and their families. Suppliers also make clear to patients the dangers of using oxygen if they continue to smoke or use equipment close to fires or other naked flames. Suppliers are required to report any incident involving patient safety to PCTs. It is for PCTs to report all serious incidents and to take any appropriate follow-up action, whether reported by a supplier, health care professional or a patient, to strategic health authorities and the National Patient Safety Agency.

From national service data provided by suppliers, I am able to confirm that all new suppliers are meeting the response time target 99 per cent. of the time for emergency supply. This is a priority service and, under the terms of the contract, all suppliers are required to supply oxygen at home within four hours of receiving an order for emergency supply.

Homeopathy

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what consultations were carried out with (a) the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital, (b) patient representatives and (c) representatives of practising homoeopaths prior to the decision to change funding for the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital; [152796]

(2) what homoeopathic services will be available to the residents of Brent following changes in funding for treatment at the Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital. [152797]

Mr. Bradshaw: This is a local matter. The homoeopathic hospitals in the United Kingdom fall under the jurisdiction of the national health service in
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the area in which they are based. Any decisions on the services that any of these hospitals provide are the responsibility of those NHS healthcare organisations.

Hospital Beds

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many beds there were per capita for (a) acute medicine, (b) general surgery, (c) orthopaedics, (d)
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maternity and (e) paediatrics in each (i) strategic health authority and (ii) primary care trust in England in each of the last 10 years; and what projections he has made of bed numbers in future years. [151464]

Ann Keen: Provider data by strategic health authority are shown in the following tables. Commissioner data are not collected centrally.


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Total: Beds per capita
SHA 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Q01

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA

0.00432

0.00419

0.00415

0.00416

0.00411

0.00404

0.00404

0.00391

0.00364

Q02

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA

0.00255

0.00244

0.00240

0.00271

0.00268

0.00280

0.00276

0.00281

0.00270

Q03

Essex Strategic HA

0.00341

0.00343

0.00337

0.00329

0.00333

0.00326

0.00308

0.00311

0.00313

Q04

North West London Strategic HA

0.00481

0.00483

0.00425

0.00411

0.00400

0.00395

0.00378

0.00383

0.00367

Q05

North Central London Strategic HA

0.00575

0.00547

0.00508

0.00519

0.00493

0.00514

0.00503

0.00516

0.00504

Q06

North East London Strategic HA

0.00504

0.00484

0.00441

0.00426

0.00417

0.00417

0.00409

0.00403

0.00386

Q07

South East London Strategic HA

0.00433

0.00415

0.00404

0.00404

0.00401

0.00400

0.00407

0.00408

0.00394

Q08

South West London Strategic HA

0.00373

0.00378

0.00400

0.00401

0.00394

0.00358

0.00382

0.00371

0.00357

Q09

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear Strategic HA

0.00556

0.00542

0.00535

0.00532

0.00531

0.00530

0.00526

0.00517

0.00508

Q10

County Durham and Tees Valley SHA

0.00466

0.00471

0.00466

0.00473

0.00463

0.00452

0.00454

0.00440

0.00431

Q11

North & East Yorkshire & N Lincs SHA

0.00365

0.00348

0.00338

0.00335

0.00333

0.00338

0.00333

0.00328

0.00323

Q12

West Yorkshire Strategic HA

0.00462

0.00449

0.00442

0.00442

0.00439

0.00425

0.00430

0.00388

0.00369

Q13

Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic HA

0.00470

0.00450

0.00436

0.00431

0.00416

0.00410

0.00405

0.00390

0.00376

Q14

Greater Manchester Strategic HA

0.00480

0.00466

0.00467

0.00451

0.00468

0.00442

0.00443

0.00428

0.00419

Q15

Cheshire & Merseyside Strategic HA

0.00402

0.00405

0.00417

0.00427

0.00436

0.00430

0.00433

0.00430

0.00417

Q16

Thames Valley Strategic HA

0.00313

0.00308

0.00301

0.00295

0.00275

0.00294

0.00298

0.00296

0.00289

Q17

Hampshire And Isle of Wight Strategic HA

0.00349

0.00342

0.00336

0.00344

0.00332

0.00334

0.00332

0.00338

0.00311

Q18

Kent and Medway Strategic HA

0.00347

0.00327

0.00329

0.00317

0.00310

0.00304

0.00308

0.00307

0.00289

Q19

Surrey and Sussex Strategic HA

0.00385

0.00377

0.00354

0.00350

0.00358

0.00362

0.00360

0.00335

0.00321

Q20

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA

0.00433

0.00424

0.00414

0.00402

0.00402

0.00409

0.00393

0.00388

0.00388

Q21

South West Peninsula Strategic HA

0.00429

0.00415

0.00411

0.00402

0.00378

0.00373

0.00390

0.00382

0.00370

Q22

Dorset and Somerset Strategic HA

0.00432

0.00420

0.00416

0.00419

0.00422

0.00425

0.00417

0.00407

0.00395

Q23

South Yorkshire Strategic HA

0.00465

0.00480

0.00473

0.00480

0.00488

0.00499

0.00493

0.00500

0.00492

Q24

Trent Strategic HA

0.00382

0.00379

0.00382

0.00373

0.00359

0.00350

0.00366

0.00356

0.00342

Q25

Leics, Northants and Rutland SHA

0.00345

0.00341

0.00339

0.00354

0.00343

0.00359

0.00358

0.00346

0.00335

Q26

Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA

0.00364

0.00373

0.00369

0.00357

0.00352

0.00341

0.00344

0.00340

0.00325

Q27

Birmingham and the Black Country SHA

0.00425

0.00428

0.00416

0.00423

0.00424

0.00426

0.00427

0.00420

0.00418

Q28

West Midlands South Strategic HA

0.00351

0.00337

0.00338

0.00338

0.00335

0.00325

0.00314

0.00318

0.00314

England

0.00413

0.00405

0.00396

0.00395

0.00390

0.00387

0.00387

0.00380

0.00368


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