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Contraception: Hampshire

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS community contraception clinics there are in (a) Hampshire, (b) Southampton and (c) Southern Test Valley. [177417]

Dawn Primarolo: The information is not held in the format requested.

Primary care trusts are responsible for commissioning services to meet the needs of the communities they serve. This includes the provision of community contraception clinics.

Contraception: Young People

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information is provided for (a) boys and (b) girls aged between 13 and 15 on the services provided by NHS community contraception clinics. [177422]

Dawn Primarolo: The recommended standards for sexual health services advise that primary care trusts (PCTs) should ensure information about local sexual health service provision is readily available to enable people to access appropriate services. It also states that PCTs should target specific population groups who are less well serviced by, or find it more difficult to access existing provision. Specific service provision will be based on local need but should include services for young people.

In addition, sex and relationships education guidance from the Department for Children, Schools and Families recommends that young people should be given information on where they can access local contraceptive advice services. In order to achieve “healthy school” status arrangements must be in place to refer students to specialist services that can provide advice on contraception including community contraceptive services.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 3 December 2007, Official Report, column 996W, on departmental expenditure, what written guidance documents were provided by the finance directorate; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the note entitled “Financial Planning and CSR2007”. [178010]


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Mr. Bradshaw: As was the case in previous Administrations it is not Government practice to put internal guidance documents in the public domain.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 6.2 of his Department’s resource accounts for 2006-07, on which local authority schemes there was slippage; and for each such scheme what costs arose from such slippage. [178271]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not collected centrally. It is for strategic health authorities working with national health service organisations in their economy, to agree and monitor detailed plans for both revenue and capital investment with local authorities.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 6.4 of his Department’s resource accounts for 2006-07, for what reasons his Department underspent its non-cash budget by £490 million. [178274]

Mr. Bradshaw: The £490 million non-cash underspend relates to non-cash resources held in the departmental unallocated provision. This was set aside to cover unplanned non-cash expenditure but was not needed during 2006-07.

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to paragraph 4.34 of the NHS in England’s Operating Framework for 2008-09, if he will break down the £5,859 million from central budgets to be devolved to strategic health authorities. [178306]

Mr. Bradshaw: The allocation of the 2008-09 strategic health authorities (SHAs) bundle of central budgets to be devolved to SHAs for their local management is currently being finalised, taking account of views from SHA representatives, but will provisionally include funding to support the following areas:


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Departmental Regulation

Mrs. May: To ask the Secretary of State for Health for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year. [175307]

Mr. Bradshaw: Information on the Department’s Public Bodies, including their remit and budget, is published annually by the Cabinet Office in the Public Bodies Directory. This is available at:

The directory for each year from 1998 to 2006 is currently available and the 2007 directory will be available shortly.

The information on the cost of restructurings is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Developing Patient Partnerships

Ian Stewart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to fund Developing Patient Partnerships beyond April 2008; and if he will make a statement. [174855]

Mr. Bradshaw: A further grant to Developing Patient Partnerships was agreed on the condition that it worked towards self-sufficiency by increasing its subscriber base. There are therefore no plans to provide any further support for Developing Patient Partnerships beyond its current Section 64 grant arrangements that end in March 2008.

Edgware Hospital: Admissions

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being considered to provide more beds at Edgware hospital. [178061]

Mr. Bradshaw: The provision of beds at Edgware hospital is a matter for the local national health service.


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However, we understand that there are no plans to close any beds at Edgware hospital.

Edgware Hospital: Ophthalmology

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made in allowing opticians to refer patients direct for ophthalmology services at Edgware Hospital. [178117]

Mr. Bradshaw: The provision of ophthalmology services is a matter for the local national health service.

We understand that a project looking at direct referral from opticians to ophthalmology is under way in the Barnet Primary Care Trust (PCT) area. The project is looking at how and when Barnet PCT can implement direct referral.

Edgware Hospital: Rehabilitation

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to develop rehabilitation services at Edgware hospital. [178062]

Mr. Bradshaw: The development of rehabilitation services at Edgware hospital is a matter for the local national health service.

Edgware Hospital: Standards

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being taken to improve management of out-patient and follow-up appointments at Edgware hospital. [178060]

Mr. Bradshaw: The management of appointments at Edgware hospital is a matter for the local national health service.

However, we understand that Healthcare Commission wrote to Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals NHS trust regarding problems with the installation of its patient administration system. We have been assured that the problems have now been resolved.

Eyesight: Testing

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many pensioners in Hendon aged over 60 years had free eye tests in the last year for which figures are available. [177501]

Mr. Bradshaw: The latest year for which data broken down by patient eligibility type are available is 2005-06. During the year ending 31 March 2006, there were 68,633 sight tests paid for by the national health service in Barnet primary care trust (PCT), of which 24,121 were for persons aged 60 or over.

During the year ending 31 March 2007, there were a total of 70,226 sight tests paid for by the NHS in Barnet PCT. Reliable information broken down by patient eligibility type is not currently available. Information is not available at constituency level.

Family Practitioner Services

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he plans to take to ensure that the proposed 100 new general practitioner practices in the 25 per cent. of primary care trusts with the poorest primary care provision have a remit to prevent as well as treat disease. [178270]


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Mr. Bradshaw: It will be for primary care trusts to determine the precise nature of their service specifications to meet local need. However, the Department has asked that they reflect a strong focus on preventing ill health by reaching out to those communities who need it most and may not readily seek care.

Family Practitioner Services: Barnet

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the (a) average and (b) highest number of patients registered with a GP in Barnet was (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the most recent date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [177904]

Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. The following table shows patients registered with a practice, rather than a specific general practitioner (GP) within a practice in Barnet in 1997 and 2006.

Selected statistics for selected area as at 1997 and 2006
Number (headcount)
Barnet health authority, 1997 Barnet primary care trust, 2006

Total practices

83

77

GPs (excluding retainers and registrars)(1)

195

218

Registered Patients

363,544

372,760

Average GP list size

1,864

1,710

Average practice list size(2)

4,380

4,841

Largest practice list size(2)

13,292

15,189

(1) General medical practitioners (excluding retainers and registrars) includes GP providers and GP others data as at 1 October 1997, 30 September 2006.
(2) GP census collects the number of patients who are registered to a practice rather than a specific GP, therefore it is not possible to ascertain individual GP list sizes.
Source:
The Information Centre for health and social care General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.

Family Practitioner Services: Working Hours

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of GP practices offer extended opening hours, broken down by (a) region and (b) primary care trust area. [178302]

Mr. Bradshaw: This information is not collected centrally. However, the latest figures from the Department’s quarterly access to primary care survey show that 9 per cent. of patients say they are able to make appointments at their general practitioner practice outside 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday.


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