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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much has been spent on funding drug treatment services in each year since 1997; and what the projected expenditure on drug treatment services is in each year to 2010-11. [227509]


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Dawn Primarolo: Since 2001, the Department and the Home Office have provided specific resources for drug treatment in the form of the pooled drug treatment budget (PTB). This funding is allocated to the 149 drug action teams across the country to use, along with local mainstream funding, to provide for treatment and services according to the specific needs of each locality. We do not hold information on drug treatment spend prior to 2001.

PTB allocations and local investment in drug treatment is shown in the following table:

£ million
PTB Local funding (figures sourced from the National Treatment Agency( 1) )

Allocation Amount

2001-02

142

145

2002-03

191

131

2003-04

236

200

2004-05

253

204

2005-06

300

208

2006-07

385

212

2007-08

398

206

2008-09

398

206

2009-10

(2)398

(2)206

2010-11

(2)398

(2)206

(1) Figures collated by the NTA, via the treatment planning process. (2) Estimated spend for 2009-10 and 2010-11 includes contribution to funding of under-18s treatment. Note: In addition to the money spent directly on delivering treatment, central and local government funding is also spent on improving access to treatment (e.g. for offenders via Drugs Interventions Programme) and supporting drug misusers after they come out of treatment (e.g. aftercare and Supporting People).

Genito-urinary Medicine

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects of genital wart treatment on the (a) budget and (b) workload of (i) genito-urinary clinics, (ii) cytology and colposcopy services and (iii) GPs’ surgeries; and if he will make a statement. [228564]

Dawn Primarolo: No such assessment has been made.

Funding to support sexual health services is not allocated separately to primary care trusts (PCTs) but is contained within the mainstream revenue allocations made to PCTs. It is the responsibility of PCTs to commission the health services they need to meet the health requirements of the local populations they serve.

Health Services: Overseas Visitors

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department takes in co-operation with other Government Departments to prevent misuse of NHS services by foreign nationals. [227525]

Dawn Primarolo: The “National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989”, as amended, place a legal duty on national health service (NHS) trusts to identify those overseas visitors who are liable for charges for hospital treatment and charge them accordingly.


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Where appropriate, the Home Department provides NHS trusts with verification of an overseas visitor’s immigration status, which helps to establish liability for charges and minimise misuse of the NHS.

In conjunction with the Home Department, the Department is currently reviewing access to the NHS by foreign nationals. The review includes investigating ways in which the NHS can better protect its resources for those entitled to use them, and work more closely with the Home Department to identify those who are not.

Health Services: West Sussex

Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answers of 29 January 2008, Official Report, column 339W and 21 April 2008, Official Report, column 1795W, on health services: West Sussex, what assessment he has made of whether the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority and the West Sussex Primary Care Trust are allowing the panel reviewing services in the north east of West Sussex to consider all viable options. [228119]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department has made no assessment of West Sussex Primary Care Trust's review of services in the north east of West Sussex. As stated in the answers I gave the hon. Member on 29 January and 21 April 2008, proposals for changes to services are a local matter. Therefore, I recommend that the right hon. Member continue to engage with the national health service locally on this issue.

Hepatitis

Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of new cases of hepatitis C in each of the last 10 years. [227825]

Dawn Primarolo: The Health Protection Agency has not had any estimates of newly acquired hepatitis C virus infections in the past 10 years. Such estimates cannot be made directly from national surveillance of serological tests for hepatitis C, as these do not distinguish between acute (new) and chronic (long-term) infections or between resolved and current infections.

Hospitals: Infectious Diseases

Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1714W, on hospitals: infectious diseases, what the average cost per healthcare associated infection case is in 2008-09 prices; and what the estimated cost for all in-patient admissions in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2006-07 was using the Public Health Laboratory Service assumptions adjusted for inflation and in-patient numbers. [227506]

Ann Keen: The Department does not routinely collect this information and no single definitive cost figure exists. However, a study by the Public Health Laboratory Service(1) (PHLS) in 1999 estimated that hospital-acquired infections (HCAIs) cost the national health service £1 billion a year. This remains the best available estimate of NHS costs, although based on data from 1994-95.

There were 11.4 million in-patient episodes in 1994-95. This suggests the cost per in-patient episode in 1994-95 is equivalent to £87. A cost of £87 in 1994-95 would be equivalent to £137 in 2006-07 prices. It is not possible to
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provide a more up to date figure because calculations are based on standard pay and price deflators published by the Personal Social Services Research Unit in agreement with the Department. Deflators for 2007-08 are not yet available.

The answer to the hon. Member for Portsmouth, South (Mr. Hancock) on 1 September 2008, Official Report, column 1714W, reported a cost of around £4,300 per HCAI case. This analysis was based primarily on the PHLS report and figures were uprated using standard deflators. However, this figure was attributed to the wrong year, as the figure of £4,300 is appropriate for 2004-05 rather than 2003-04. The equivalent figure for 2006-07 is around £4,600.

Hospitals: Security Guards

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much was spent on security staff in hospitals in Hemel Hempstead constituency in the most recent year for which figures are available. [228361]

Ann Keen: This information is not held centrally.

Influenza: Vaccination

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of people eligible for the seasonal influenza vaccine in winter 2008-09, broken down by primary care trust; and if he will make a statement. [228154]

Dawn Primarolo: The Department estimates that the number of registered patients eligible for the seasonal influenza vaccine will remain similar, or slightly higher, for the 2008-09 influenza season than for 2007-08. The Department estimated that the number of people aged 65 years and over that were eligible for the influenza vaccine in season 2007-08, in England, was around 8.5 million. The number of people under 65 years of age in a risk group that were eligible for the influenza vaccine, in England, was estimated at around 4.6 million. The figures are estimated from an extrapolation of data returned by primary care trusts (PCTs) on the number of patients vaccinated by general practices.


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Data for 2008-09 from the PCTs will not be available until mid November 2008 when general practices return their collection surveys to the Department.

The figures, which are broken down by PCT (England only), represents data from 95 per cent, of general practices for 2007-08 and have been placed in the Library.

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many seasonal influenza vaccines are available for dispensing in winter 2008-09, broken down by primary care trust; and if he will make a statement. [228155]

Dawn Primarolo: General practices order influenza vaccines directly from the suppliers. As such a break down of quantity by primary care trust is not possible.

The Department holds regular discussions with the UK Vaccine Industry Group (UVIG) to ensure adequate vaccine supply for the influenza programme. This year there are 13.5 million influenza doses available for dispensing this winter, in the United Kingdom.

The UVIG has confirmed that this is sufficient to meet all orders placed with the suppliers.

Lung Diseases

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people required treatment for an asbestos-related condition in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997; [224747]

(2) how many people required treatment for pleural plaques in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997; [224749]

(3) how many people were diagnosed with mesothelioma in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997; [224754]

(4) how many people were diagnosed with pleural plaques in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997. [224755]

Ann Keen: The information is not available in the format requested, as there are no data available at the constituency level. The following table shows the number of deaths in South Tyneside, the north-east and the United Kingdom, where asbestos was specified as the underlying cause, from 1997 to 2005, which are the latest figures available.

1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004( 1) 2005( 1)

South Tyneside

3

0

0

0

1

2

5

3

0

North East

10

8

10

13

14

20

19

19

15

England

55

49

55

57

68

94

96

83

107

(1) Provisional
Note:
This excluding cases that also mention mesothelioma
Source: Health and Safety Executive British Asbestosis Register

The following table shows the number of deaths from mesothelioma broken down in the same way.


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1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004( 1) 2005( 1)

South Tyneside

15

12

8

15

18

9

8

15

10

North East

126

100

119

123

154

127

112

134

159

England

1,181

1,334

1,406

1,425

1,630

1,622

1,642

1,731

1,787

(1) Provisional
Source:
Health and Safety Executive British Mesothelioma Register

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