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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) claims and (b) settlements for clinical negligence (i) were made in each of the last three years and (ii) have been made in 2007-08 for cases arising from (A) Barnet and Chase Farm, (B) Royal Free and (C) Northwick Park hospitals; and how much compensation was paid by each hospital in each year. 
Ann Keen: The information requested is in the following four tables. The National Health Service Litigation Authority supplied the data.
|Number of clinical negligence claims received by the NHS Litigation Authority 2004-05 to 2007-08 as at 31 December 2007 for specified trusts|
|NHS litigation authority notification year|
|Number of clinical negligence claims settled 2004-05 to 2007-08 as at 31 December 2007 for specified trusts|
|Number of clinical negligence claims settled with damages 2004-05 to 2007-08 as at 31 December 2007 for specified trusts|
|Clinical negligence payments for specified trusts 2004-05 to 2007-08 as at 31 December 2007 by year of payment|
|Trust name||Payment year||Damages||Defence c osts||Claimant costs||Total|
| Notes: 1. The NHS Litigation Authority holds data at a trust level rather than hospital level. Data are therefore provided for the whole trust rather than for an individual hospital as requested. 2. The claims received refer to the year in which a claim was received and not the year the incident occurred. 3. Additional data have been provided to include not just the number of claims settled, but also the number of claims settled with damages. 4. The number of claims in a particular year for a trust will not necessarily be the same as the number of claims settled in the same year as claims can take a number of years to settle.|
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health by what date each local NHS trust will (a) receive the funding to recruit two additional infection control nurses and one additional antimicrobial pharmacist and (b) be expected to have these additional staff in post. 
Ann Keen: The £5 million additional funding is allocated to primary care trusts for 2008-09 and will enable each hospital trust to employ two infection control nurses, two isolation nurses and an antimicrobial pharmacist. It is up to the trust to decide on actual staff numbers in light of their specific local hygiene and infection needs and existing staff levels.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects national working groups to be established under the NHS Next Stage Review, as described on page 2 of Lord Darzi's letter to stakeholders, dated 20 November 2007. 
Ann Keen: The memberships and terms of reference of the national working groups are available on the 'Our NHS, Our Future' website:
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his Departments policy is on the re-imbursement of home-to-work travel for community based staff who use personal cars as their private and work transport. 
Ann Keen: Community-based staff are employed by the national health service, general practitioner practices and social care providers including local authorities, voluntary and private sector organisations. Reimbursement for home to work travel is a matter for employers. However, for those employed by the NHS on Agenda for Change contracts, the current policy can be found in the Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions of Service Handbook which is available in the Library.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to remedy problems in administering the payment of travel expenses to community based health staff; and if he will make a statement. 
Community-based health staff are employed by the national health service and general practitioner practices. We are not aware of any
problems in administering the payment of travel expenses to community-based health staff, which is a matter between employee and employer.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many incidences there were of NHS staff being paid late due to problems with the payroll system in each of the last three financial years. 
Ann Keen: Details of the number of incidences of national health service staff being paid late due to problems with the payroll system are not collected centrally.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints were made by NHS staff about problems with the NHS payroll system in each of the last three financial years. 
Ann Keen: Any complaints made by national health service staff about problems with the NHS payroll system is a local matter between employee, employer and their payroll provider and not collected centrally.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many infection control nurses were employed in the NHS in England in each financial year since 1997-98. 
Ann Keen: This information is not collected centrally.
The annual national health service workforce census does not separately identify the number of infection control nurses from the rest of the nursing workforce.
Infection control nurses (ICN) should be registered nurses and are usually the only full-time members of the infection control team with full-time responsibility for infection control. ICN staffing levels are a matter for local determination.
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