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Speech Therapy: Barnet

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many speech therapists are employed by the NHS in Barnet; how many there were in 1997; what the estimated shortfall is of numbers of speech therapists in Barnet; what the average waiting time for a first appointment to see a speech therapist in Barnet was on the latest date for which figures are available; what steps he is taking to improve the provision of speech therapy in Barnet; and if he will make a statement. [179105]


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Ann Keen: It is for primary care trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health, and to commission services accordingly. This process provides the means for addressing local needs within the health community, including the provision of speech and language therapy (SLT).

Information about waiting times for SLT provided by the national health service is not collected centrally. The Department collects waiting time information by consultant-led specialties. SLT is not a consultant-led speciality. Our objective is to balance the need for data against the burden that data collection places on the NHS.

There are 6,623 SLTs working in the NHS (NHS staff census September 2006—headcount), an increase of 36 per cent. since 1997. The number of SLTs entering training has increased by 65 per cent. since 1998-99.

Terminal Care

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to extend the Marie Curie Delivering Choice programme for terminally ill people to parts of the country not currently served by it. [181001]


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Ann Keen: We are supportive of Marie Curie Cancer Care's Delivering Choice programme, which provides a good example of the ways in which charities can work with the statutory sector to deliver quality care and patient choice. We are in discussion with Marie Curie on how we can further support the programme, but decisions on whether to fund local programmes remain the responsibility of primary care trusts.

Treatment Centres

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish performance information for each operational independent sector treatment centre. [180031]

Mr. Bradshaw: The Department published information as shown in the following tables on each wave 1 independent-sector treatment centre (ISTC) scheme, including the contract value, volume of activity, case mix by volume and utilisation rates on 15 November. This is also available on the Departments website at


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ISTC Phase 1 contractual information (as at end of September 2007-08)
Contract Location Hospital name Interim site commencement Full service commencement Total nominal contract value (£ million) Contract utilisation to date (30-09-07) (Percentage) Total contracted diagnostics

LP2

Bradford

Eccleshill NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

37.3

81

88,583

LP3

Burton

Midlands NHS Treatment Centre

10 July 2006

77.4

74

LP4

Trent and South Yorkshire

Barlborough NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

96.7

89

LP5

Daventry

The Birkdale Clinic

1 October 2003

4.9

97

LP7

Shepton Mallet

Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

1 July 2005

110.3

95

LP8

Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Surgical Centre

19 May 2005

89.5

67

LP9

Plymouth

Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre

3 May 2005

58.3

102

GC4*

East Cornwall

Bodmin NHS Treatment Centre

1 October 2005

1 January 2006

24.9

56

GC4

East Lincolnshire

Boston NHS Treatment Centre

20 April 2005

9.1

79

2,259

GC4

North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire

Clifton Park NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

25 January 2006

41.3

81

GC4

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear

The Cobalt NHS Treatment Centre

25 May 2005

10.3

81

GC4

West Lincolnshire

Gainsborough NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

6.1

80

200

GC4

Southampton

Capio New Hall Hospital NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

41.8

72

GC4*

North Oxford

Horton NHS Treatment Centre

1 August 2006

79.2

51

GC4*

Thames Valley (Milton Keynes)

Blakelands NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

3 July 2006

12.1

58

GC4

Thames Valley (Reading)

Capio Reading Hospital NHS Treatment Centre

1 April 2005

14.5

92

GC5E

Nottingham

Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre at QMC

Site in Mobilisation

201.5

n/a

GC5W

Cheshire and Merseyside

Cheshire and Merseyside NHS Treatment Centre

1 June 2006

111.0

100

GC5W

Kidderminster

Kidderminster NHS Treatment Centre

1 February 2005

26.9

87

GC6

Maidstone

Mid Kent NHS Treatment Centre

6 November 2006

36.5

101

GC7

North East London

North East London NHS Treatment Centre

1 January 2007

107.9

80

GC8

Brighton

Sussex Orthopaedic NHS Treatment Centre

1 June 2006

100.9

101

GC8

Havant

TBC

Site in Mobilisation

6.4

n/a

78,600

GC8*

Medway

Will Adams NHS

1 October 2005

26.6

48

GC8

Portsmouth

St. Mary’s NHS Treatment Centre

19 December 2005

65.3

60

48,546

GC8

Wycombe

Mid and South Buckinghamshire NHS

1 August 2005

10.6

82

74,880

OC123

Ophthalmic Chain

25 January 2004

41.6

79

Contractual total

1,448.9

293,068

ISTC utilisation to date

84


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