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East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust: Hospitals

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals there are in the (a) East Kent hospitals NHS trust area and (b) Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust area; how many bed spaces there are in each hospital in each area; and how many cases of clostridium difficile there were in each such hospital in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006. [177949]

Ann Keen [holding answer 14 January 2008]: There are five hospitals in the East Kent hospitals NHS trust. These are Buckland hospital, Kent and Canterbury hospital, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother hospital, Royal Victoria hospital and William Harvey hospital.

There are three main hospitals in the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust. These are Maidstone hospital, Pembury hospital and Kent and Sussex hospital. In addition to the listed sites the trust also provides services at Crowborough War Memorial hospital, Hawkhurst hospital and Uckfield hospital.

The data for bed spaces are not held centrally.

The data for Clostridium difficile are only held at trust level. The following table shows the data held for each trust for the over-65s only.

Number of C. difficile cases reported in patients aged 65 years and over
2004 2005 2006

East Kent hospitals NHS trust




Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust




Food: Contamination

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what checks are made for illegal drug residues in seafood being imported from China; what monitoring takes place to prevent contaminated Chinese seafood being offered for sale in the UK; and if he will make a statement. [178432]

Dawn Primarolo: We are advised by the Food Standards Agency, which has responsibility for food safety matters, that the regulatory controls in respect of imports from non-European Union (EU) countries are comprehensive, and operate EU wide. Imported foods from non-EU countries are subject to checks at United Kingdom ports of entry by local authorities under EU food legislation.

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These official controls ensure that products of animal origin such as fishery products from approved countries outside the EU, including China, have come from approved establishments. Such products must enter the UK through designated border inspection posts under the control of veterinary inspectors, where they undergo documentary and identity checks, and prescribed proportions are subject to physical checks, which may include testing for contaminants.

Since September 2001 EU legislation has prohibited the importation of aquaculture fishery products from China due to concerns regarding illegal residues of veterinary medicines. Since then, and as a result of EU inspections, the controls on aquaculture fishery products have been reduced and from August 2004 imports of certain aquaculture fishery products are permitted, if accompanied by an attestation from the competent Chinese authorities that the product has been tested and is free from illegal residues of chloramphenicol and nitrofurans.

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate carries out surveillance of imported foodstuffs. Since August 2004, 43 samples of farmed fish and 25 samples of crustaceans from China have been tested for illegal residues. In 2006 a sample of fish contained non-compliant residues of nitrofuran metabolites. In 2007 a sample of fish contained non-compliant residues of crystal violet—which is a dye not authorised for use as a veterinary medicine in the EU and therefore should not be present in imports.

Food: Genetically Modified Organisms

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Food Standards Agency has taken to ensure that genetically modified organisms which have not received EU approval can be detected in cargoes imported into the UK from non-EU countries. [179176]

Dawn Primarolo: At national level, the Food Standards Agency is responsible for overseeing the food law enforcement activities of local authorities, including those related to imported products. It supports local authorities by funding training, providing grants and making other resources available. In the case of genetically modified food, the European Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) is also able to provide practical support for laboratories involved in analysing food and feed for unauthorized material. The Food Standards Agency is encouraging the Commission and the JRC to expand this work.

Food: Labelling

Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations he has received from (a) Sainsbury’s (b) Asda, (c) Tesco, (d) Waitrose and (e) Marks and Spencer on food labelling in the past 12 months. [178435]

Dawn Primarolo: The Food Standards Agency has consulted publicly on a number of labelling issues including the European Commission Review of Food and Nutrition Labelling legislation and other issues such as voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling and the revision of voluntary guidance on clear labelling, country of origin
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labelling and marketing terms. The agency has received representation both as written submissions and in face to face meetings from the named supermarkets or their representative trade associations.

Funding of Primary Care Trusts

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will review the funding of primary care trusts where the number of general practitioners per capita is significantly at variance with the national median; and if he will make a statement. [177921]

Mr. Bradshaw: On 10 October, following publication of the ‘Our NHS Our Future’ Next Stage Review Interim Report, my right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Health, (Alan Johnson) announced a £250 million access fund to deliver at least 100 new general practitioners (GP) practices in the most deprived areas (i.e. those with fewest GPs and nurses, poorest health outcomes and lowest patient satisfaction) and 152 GP-led health centres, one in each primary care trust (PCT) area.

On 23 November, the Secretary of State subsequently announced the final list of 38 PCTs where at least 100 new GP practices will be located.

The Department is currently working with strategic health authorities and PCTs to develop performance management arrangements and to establish the distribution of funding and potential time scales for delivery based on local plans.

In addition, the 2008-09 revenue allocations were announced on 13 December. These represent £74.2 billion investment in the national health service, nearly £4 billion more than 2007-08. All PCTs will receive an above-inflation cash increase of 5.5 per cent., a total cash increase of £3.8 billion.

The weighted-capitation formula used to inform PCT revenue allocations is continually overseen by the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA). ACRA’s current review of the formula will be used to inform revenue allocations post 2008-09.

General Practitioners: Leicester

Sir Peter Soulsby: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many GPs are practising in Leicester. [177935]

Mr. Ivan Lewis: The information requested is shown in the following table:

All general practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars)( 1) in selected area, as at 30 September 2006
Numbers (headcount)
Area Number


Leicestershire County and Rutland primary care trust (PCT)



Leicester City PCT


(1) General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes GP providers and GP others.
The information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics

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General Practitioners: Standards

Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of general practitioners' premises were above minimum standards on the most recent date for which figures are available in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust area; and what percentage in each primary care trust area failed to meet minimum standards through not complying with the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. [164595]

Mr. Bradshaw: Details of the minimum standards for general practitioner (GP) practice premises are set out in Schedule 1 of The National Health Service (General Medical Services—Premises Costs) (England) Directions 2004, a copy of which has been placed in the Library. Compliance with these standards is a matter for local primary care trusts (PCT) and each make their own arrangements for undertaking this assessment.

The most recent relevant data collected centrally comprised a snapshot return as at 31 March 2005 which was provided by PCTs. It has not been collected centrally since then. A copy was placed in the Library on 12 May 2006. The data are now almost three years out of date and do not reflect the investment in primary care premises that has taken place in the intervening period.

New premises that fully satisfy minimum standards are being provided under the NHS Local Finance Investment Trust (NHS LIFT) initiative. Some £1.3 billion in private sector capital has already been injected into GP premises and community facilities across the country with 45 NHS LIFT schemes established and another three in procurement. This has, to date, delivered 149 new buildings open to patients with another 61 under construction.

The NHS ProCure21 initiative has also provided premises that fully satisfy minimum standards. Over £221 million has already been invested in 49 GP and community facilities across England. Of that amount, 28 projects with a value of £98 million have been completed and 21 projects with a value of £123 million are currently in the early stages of development.

Healthy Start Programme: Barnet

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many women in (a) Hendon and (b) Barnet participated in the Healthy Start programme in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement. [178178]

Dawn Primarolo: The number of women eligible for Healthy Start at any given point in time varies. However, we estimate that take up of the scheme in England is currently approximately 87 per cent. This is equivalent to around 342,000 beneficiary households.

Information on take up at a local level is not yet available.

HIV Infection

Anne Milton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of HIV prevention work in London primary care trusts; and if he will make a statement. [176979]

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Mr. Bradshaw: This is a matter for the local national health service, who are responsible for the commissioning of HIV prevention services in London.

Hospitals: Admissions

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) males and (b) females in each age group admitted to each hospital in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex and (iii) England died as a consequence of (i) alcoholic liver disease and (ii) cirrhosis in each of the last 10 years. [177130]

Dawn Primarolo: The information requested has been placed in the Library.

Hospitals: Cleaning Services

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether a deep cleaning plan has been submitted to the East of England strategic health authority in respect of (a) Peterborough district hospital and (b) Edith Cavell hospital; and if he will make a statement. [177913]

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals and what percentage of wards at each hospital in Greater London have undergone a deep clean as a measure against hospital acquired infections since 24 September 2007. [178058]

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health which hospitals have (a) had at least one ward deep-cleaned and (b) been fully deep-cleaned. [178309]

Ann Keen [holding answer 14 January 2008]: All trusts were required to submit and agree their deep clean plans with primary care trusts and providers in their area by 14 December 2007 and this process has been monitored and assessed by strategic health authorities (SHAs). An interim local progress report about the implementation of deep cleans will be published by SHAs shortly. All deep cleans will be complete by the end of March 2008.

Incontinence: Medical Equipment

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress is being made with concluding the review of the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances; and if he will make a statement. [179103]

Dawn Primarolo: The latest consultation closed on 28 December 2007 and officials are in the process of evaluating the responses. They will also be meeting with a number of interested parties to discuss the conclusion of this review.

A summary of the responses—and an indication of next steps—will be published no later than 28 March 2008.

Maternity Units: Greater London

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many consultant-led maternity units at hospitals in each primary care trust in Greater London have closed since 1997. [179346]

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Mr. Bradshaw: The information requested is not held centrally.

Any decisions on changes to improve services are locally led, with full consultation with local people. It is only right that decisions about services are matters for local national health service trusts to determine how to best provide services for the communities they serve.

Medical Records: Data Protection

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many patients have had confidential medical data lost in each of the last 12 months; [178453]

(2) how many incidents involving the loss of patients’ confidential medical data there have been in transfer between medical institutions in each of the last 12 months. [178454]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 14 January 2008]: Each national health service body is responsible for compliance with data protection legislation and their boards are legally accountable. The Department provides clear guidance to help them do this. It does not routinely collect information about incidents of loss of patient data. Comprehensive information for the period concerned is not held centrally, and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

The Department is committed to ensuring that good practice is followed and that lessons are shared in the interests of improving protection of patient data across the NHS.

Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) guidance and (b) standards his Department has in place for the transfer of confidential medical data between medical institutions. [178460]

Mr. Bradshaw [holding answer 14 January 2008]: The Department has published clear rules and guidelines on the management of personal data by national health service bodies. These are in the form of three codes of practice on maintaining data confidentiality, security, and good records management, supported by numerous good-practice guidelines. An internal web-based resource, the NHS information governance toolkit, makes this guidance accessible to all parts of the NHS, and all major NHS organisations are required to provide an annual performance assessment against the standards derived from the three codes of practice.

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